Tag: Writing Advice

What’s in a Title

I’m finishing a book at the moment, and I recently discovered that I hate a chapter title. Hate it. Loathe it. Despise it. Hate hate hate it. Were it alive, I would kill it, then do everything in my power to bring it back to life, just so I could kill it again.

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Tiny Stories, Big Influence

Last month, two beloved writers, Meena Alexander and Louise DeSalvo, made their transitions into a fully spiritual existence. Meena was 67. Louise was 76. Both, in addition to authoring numerous books, were Distinguished Professors at Hunter College, CUNY. Each, in their own way, helped to shape my path as a writer.

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The Shame of Losing

Today my first book is “officially” released unto the world. The Shame of Losing was picked up by Red
Hen Press fall of 2015, so here I am, three years later, wondering how to be a book marketer meanwhile
not choke on my own self-promotional worry tears.

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The Word I Couldn’t Leave

I didn’t know how obsessed I was with the world – with the actual word world – until I went through my last book of poems and saw that I used the word at least 30 times.  Actually, another poet told me I used it 30 times but of course I went back and counted the words myself (because they were my words) to see if this was true.  I’d never done anything like that – count how many times a word got used.  I wonder if other poets do this?

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Diary of Books

I’ve never kept a diary. At least not since I was eight, when my father bought two blank journals and suggested that he and I spend time together every evening writing in our diaries. For several weeks we did just that, sitting side by side on the living room couch and recording the events of the day. One day I came home from school and found my diary in the wrong place on the bookshelf. When I inquired about this, my dad said, “I have to admit something to you. I was so curious about what you’ve been writing that I couldn’t help myself, so I went in your room and read it.”

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may

07may5:30 pm7:00 pmMAY 7th Goddard MFA Zoom Information MeetingMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing on May 7th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!

GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.

Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.

Deadlines to apply: May 15th for Vermont and June 1st for Washington, so don’t put it off! 

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsrhonda.brace@goddard.edu

14may5:30 pm7:00 pmSecond Goddard MFA Zoom Information Meeting in MayMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

This May, TWO chances to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing before our application deadlines.  Join us May 7th OR May 14th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!

GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.

Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.

Deadlines to apply: May 15th for Vermont and June 1st for Washington, so don’t put it off! 

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsrhonda.brace@goddard.edu

28may5:30 pm7:00 pmMAY 28th Goddard MFA Zoom Information MeetingMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing on May 28th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!

GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.

Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.

Deadlines to apply: June 1st for the Port Townsend, Washington campus, so don’t put it off!   And if you have applied to either campus already but still have questions, please join us.

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsrhonda.brace@goddard.edu

june

11jun5:30 pm7:00 pmJUNE 11th Goddard MFA Zoom Information MeetingMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing on JUNE 11th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!

GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.

Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.

Deadlines to apply: June 1st for the Port Townsend, Washington campus, so don’t put it off!   And if you have applied to either campus already but still have questions, please join us.

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsrhonda.brace@goddard.edu

29jun3:00 pm5:00 pmMATVEI YANKELEVICH coming to the Vermont residency

Event Details

In 1993, Matvei Yankelevich began publishing the Ugly Duckling zine, which transformed, in the late 1990s, into Ugly Duckling Presse. At UDP, Matvei curates the Eastern European Poets Series (since 2002), and edits and designs various books. He also co-edited the Emergency Gazette (1998-2002) and 6×6 magazine from 2000-2017. He served as UDP’s Co-Executive Director with Anna Moschovakis for about ten years, and is now a member of the Working Collective as Managing Editor and Production Manager.

Matvei is the author of Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists), the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus), and several chapbooks, including The Nature Poetry of Matvei Yankelevich (Knock-Off), The Present Work (Palm Press), and Writing in the Margin (Loudmouth Collective). His writing has appeared in A Perimeter, ActionYes, BOMB Magazine, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Mandorla, Open City, Tantalum, Weekday, Zen Monster, and other little magazines.

He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (for translation) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (for poetry).
His translations of Daniil Kharms were collected in Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook) and received praise from the TLS, the Guardian, the New York Times, and elsewhere. His co-translation (with Eugene Ostashevsky) of Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB) received the National Translation Award in 2014. His translations have appeared in Calque, Circumference, Harpers, New American Writing, Poetry, and the New Yorker; and in several anthologies, including OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern) and Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (FSG).

His critical writing includes essays on Conceptual Poetry (LA Review of Books) and on Russian-American poetry (Octopus). He edited a portfolio of Contemporary Russian Poetry and Poetics for the magazine Aufgabe (No. 8, Fall 2009). Matvei teaches for the Columbia University’s School of the Arts (Writing Division) and is a member of the Writing faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He has taught seminars and workshops at Queens College, Wesleyan University, Long Island University, Hunter College, Colorado College, Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and the Poetry Project.

Yankelevich’s workshop is open to current students and also alumni of the MFAW program.  Participants in the summer Clockhouse Writers Conference are especially welcome to put this professional development opportunity on their calendars!

Time

(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm est

Location

Goddard College, Plainfield Campus

123 Pitkin Rd

july

13julalldayPublisher Andy Hunter to visit Port Townsend campus in July

Event Details

Andy Hunter is the Publisher & COO of Catapult, the Publisher of Literary Hub, and co-founding Chairman of Electric Literature, Hunter and his teams at each organization are exploring literary culture, supporting digital innovation in storytelling, and expanding the community of writers, readers, and publishers.

Catapult, launched in 2016, has recently made headlines by publishing award-winning fiction and nonfiction of the highest literary caliber; it offers writing classes taught by acclaimed emerging and established writers, produces an award-winning daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and hosts an open online platform where writers can showcase their own writing, find resources, and get inspired. Catapult nurtures emerging writers by helping them better their craft, and supports more established writers by evenly sharing revenues from the classes they teach, and by paying to publish their work online. Catapult strives to be a successful business model for the future of independent publishing.

Andy will be on campus to talk to current students and alumni on July 13th.  Stay tuned for more details!

Time

All Day (Saturday)

15jul7:00 pm8:30 pmCamille Dungy to join the Port Townsend residency in July

Event Details

Award-winning poet and writer, Camille T. Dungy, will be joining the Port Townsend residency this summer.  She will be giving a public reading on July 15th in the evening, with a workshop the next morning open to current Goddard MFAW students and alumni.  Join us for an evening of reading and conversation with this 2019 Guggenheim Fellow!

Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History(W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. Her other poetry collections are Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), winner of the American Book Award, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009), and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Travel Writing100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and child.

Time

(Monday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

august

13aug5:30 pm7:00 pmAugust 13th Goddard MFA Zoom Information MeetingMeet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing on August 13th.  Meet Program Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!

GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.

Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.

Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.

To join the call, and find out more about Goddard, please RSVP to Admissions Counselor Rhonda Brace (rhonda.brace@goddard.edu) and she will send you a Zoom meeting link to participate.

 

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsrhonda.brace@goddard.edu

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