Julie’s MFA Program in Books (Favorites in Parentheses)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  I don’t have an MFA. I have a masters….in education administration. Occasionally, I will wonder if I shouldn’t do some kind of low-residency program, just to see what-all I don’t know. But that sounds depressing, not to mention time-consuming. How many Raymond Carver short stories can a person read in one lifetime? Probably a lot.   As far as I know, they don’t offer MFA degrees in upmarket women’s…


An Eloquent Defense of Writing Degrees (Not Written By Kimmery)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

This week’s topic is “MFA and Writing Classes” and I’ve got precious little to say here. It’s probably glaringly apparent I don’t have an MFA or a graduate degree in writing. I’ve taken no writing classes either, although I have signed up for a few sessions at various conferences. When it comes to writing, I’m an autodidact. I’m also fond of doing things the hard way: I don’t outline, pre-plot,…


Cheap Chinese Food and Writing Pals

Friday, November 7, 2014

In my novel, The Moment of Everything (pssst…the ebook happens to be on sale right now), one of my favorite scenes never would have happened without another writer. I was at a coffee shop with the wonderful Keith Raffel telling him about a scene I was struggle with. “It’s just three people sitting around a bookshop talking,” I said. “That’s not interesting.” Keith sat back and said, “One of them is in…