As the fall semester comes to a close, I reflect on how my first year in graduate school flew by and what I’ve learned as a writer and about myself.
First, updates! VONA (Voices of Our Nation) is the best workshop I had the pleasure of attending this past summer. I connected with wonderful writers of color and it rejuvenated me in ways I couldn’t even put into words. I now have another family that I will always be connected to until I die. It’s amazing, really. Continue reading
AWP is, as I’ve been describing to non-readers and writers, is the Comic-Con for word nerds, with networking in the mix. Some people can find this networking aspect at writing conferences in general, exhausting and inauthentic. I get that. But because I’m not daunted by this at all, I always enjoy these conferences. Also, there was a book fair! I had to buy all the books (but not really, some books were free) and support not only my instructors at school but to the upcoming writers of color as well. Continue reading
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Tagged awp, emerging writers festival, MFA, reading, usf, voices of our nation, VONA, woc, writer, writers of color, Writing
First week of classes of graduate school. TA-ship is going well so far. Jazzed about my workshop class – it’s a non-conventional approach I’m really responding to. We’re doing in class writing, out of class experiences to infuse in our work and some fun projects to keep us exploring the way we generate content before putting it down on the page. Continue reading
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Tagged creative writing, fiction, Graduate School, MFA, octavia butler, reading, stories, teaching assistantship, university of san francisco, writers, Writing, writing workshops
As I approach the last week of this semester, I’d like to revisit what my life looked like last year around this time.
I was working on my submissions, traveling to the Dominican Republic, reading, visiting with family, researching low residency MFA programs as contingency plans, and trying to send out positivity vibes to expunge my crappy 2014 year.
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Tagged blogs, Graduate School, graduation readings, Lit camp, MFA, mfa program, Scholarships, submissions, university of san francisco, VONA, writers
The last time I mentioned the MFA, I had accepted admission to Mills College. Well…almost a month later, USF called me to tell me I was accepted! I mean, how did that even happen to me? Even now, I can’t believe I was accepted to the only two schools I applied to. Imagine if I had applied to other schools across the country? But I wasn’t about moving again, so I was happy with my decision. Continue reading
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Tagged acceptances, brooklyn, brooklynite, city, creative writing, creative writing program, Creative Writing Programs, Graduate School, MFA, New york city, nyu, NYU campus, university, university of san francisco, usf, writing class
A few weeks ago, I applied to the last full residency program on my list (with three low residency programs left). Getting over a sickness, adjusting to Bay Area life after visiting my parents in the Dominican Republic, starting up a writing group, attending the SF Writer’s Conference volunteer meeting, running a 5K, tutoring for Reading Partners, catching up with friends And being part of a book club were only a few of the things happening while finishing up my application.
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Tagged Applications, bay area, book club, lit crawl, litquake, low residency, MFA, mfa program, UC Berkeley Certificate Program, uc berkeley extension, writers, Writing, writing class, writing group
On Friday, I took a personal day from work to visit the lovely Mills College in Oakland. Sweaty from the brisk walk to arrive on campus, I managed to meet with one of the professors in the Creative Writing department before my campus tour. Continue reading