I have three years of highly developed close reading skills and the ability to constructively critique while being kind to the author. We all ultimately have the same goal: to publish something we’re proud of.
And our MFA program was so congenial that workshops were the same way.
Kat: Yes, and I think the way Kevin Oderman ran his workshops made me such a better reader and writer.
The things we spoke about: content, form, connection to the reader, etc. Sarah: You mentioned in a previous conversation that you knew you didn’t want to use the MFA to teach.
And if you’re applying this season, I think it should be on your radar too.
Here’s why: One reason WVU might not be on your list right now is because you’re just not sure if you could handle living in West Virginia. And I don’t exactly have an antidote to that concern.He is currently working on a number of projects exploring the effects of computational processes on writing and rhetoric as they relate to wearable devices and digital culture.Sarah Munroe and Kat Saunders worked as graduate assistants at West Virginia University Press while earning MFA degrees in creative writing from the WVU English department, and both have gone on in publishing—Sarah at Temple University Press, where she is an acquisitions editor, and Kat at Kent State University Press, where she is an assistant editor. Although I don’t miss the dead mice in the walls—only downside to that old farmhouse. Sarah: I got to copyedit Marc Harshman’s poetry collection and work on the Sarah: That book is so pretty! I’m so glad they put that out and so sad I missed being a part of it—but I’m glad you got to work with it.But I feel like I need to be honest about all of the positives about this program, and what has been (for me) the biggest struggle. It’s worth it because of the community and the good people who are here. What I’m trying to say is that I’m learning to live here. Last year, when I was applying to MFA programs, I was too fragile to keep up with the constant updates in the MFA Draft Facebook group. I think that more than anything else I was curious about where people are applying. So I can remember how I managed to do just about everything wrong in terms of applications (this will be next month’s blog)?Sarah: Poetry gave me a close attention to language and construction that has made me a more thoughtful and (sometimes) precise writer, more considered in what I’m doing and why.Sometimes we looked at a poem and asked why it had to be a poem (sometimes it did and sometimes it didn’t), and I think the same question can be asked of various types of projects in publishing, especially when it comes to open access or augmenting a book project with an online component—what form suits the material best?I hope that the list of things I admire and appreciate about Morgantown rightly high-light all that is good about this place. But the longer I live here, there are parts of this town that deeply unsettle me, especially as a woman who lives alone.I don’t share this story to discourage people from applying; the purpose of this post is to do the exact opposite!