Every MFA may be different, but there is a reasonable enough assumption that all anyone in an MFA does is sit around reading the canon and espousing repetitive wisdom that “this is how it has been done and how we must do.” Well, maybe that’s how they did it in the 1800s, but this… Continue reading My MFA Reading List
If you’re interested in or pondering a Masters of Fine Arts degree but write genre, it can often feel like the odds are stacked against you. This can be disheartening which can then lead to the titular question of this blog—“Is the MFA useless for genre writers?” I’ll do my best, using my experience… Continue reading Is the MFA Useless for Genre Writers?
You would think someone who was obsessed with vampires at a young age, obsessively checked out ghost stories from the library, and loved Halloween would always have been a woman in horror, right? That same girl who wrote two different vampire novels, a short horror film, and tons of dark poetry as a teenager?… Continue reading My Journey as a Woman in Horror
It’s incredibly easy to talk about what a difficult year this has been. We began with the threat of World War III (remember that?) and then were surprised with a few unforeseen deaths before the COVID-19 pandemic began making itself known. There were product shortages (such as toilet paper), murder hornets, protests, a crazy… Continue reading 20 Good Things About 2020
A little over halfway through my MFA degree, the time came to put together a comps list for my degree. This is a major component of the program—one of the must do’s before graduating a certified “writer”—and putting together a list of reading list with your advisor is one of the unique joys of… Continue reading How to Make an MFA Comps List
*Should I Go to Grad School? is edited by Jessica Loudis, Boško Blagojević, John Arthur Peetz, and Allison Rodman. I’ll begin this review by summing up what is essentially the thesis of this book and the only solid answer to the unanswerable question of whether or not to go to grad school if your work… Continue reading “Academia Eats Its Young”: Should I Go to Grad School?