Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Grad School!

So I just finished Day 4 of my MFA adventure at Antioch University in Los Angeles. I've got 5 more days of seminars and workshops to go. So far it has been, well, awesome. I'm sure that I should be able to come up with a more evocative and compelling way to describe, but I'm using all my words in workshop.

It's kind of like being at the very best writers' conference ever. The seminars have been amazing. I attended one this morning given by Francesca Lia Block where I actually cried while doing the writing exercise. Richard Garcia gave one about poetry that was so good that I wanted to go back to my hotel and wrote a poem. I never write poetry except goofy jokey rhymes. I wanted to write a real poem. I might actually write one.

Then the workshops! Amazing, insightful input. Riffing ideas back and forth. Forcing me to dig deeper. It's like heaven.

Last night, I went to reading by Mary Gordon. Yes. Final Payments Mary Gordon. Then I went to a talk she gave this afternoon.

And here's the icing on the tasty MFA cake. For the next 5 months, Tannanarive Due is my mentor. Every month she'll be giving me input on my work and we'll be discussing books.

I'll keep you all posted on how things continue, but if the beginning is any indication, this is truly going to change my life.

7 comments:

Stephanie Doyle said...

Sounds awesome Eileen! Keep reporting back and teach us what you learn.

Eileen said...

We'll have to Skype or Facetime or conference call or something. Francesca's stuff really changed how I was trying to access my character's emotions which is so crazy important!

Maureen McGowan said...

It sounds so crazy exciting!

Jennifer the Chaos Queen said...

This kind of almost makes me want to go to grad school, except I still don't want to pay for it (hah). It sounds cool that a program like this exists!

Ripley Vaughan said...

I'm so crazy jealous... it sounds amazing

Eileen said...

It is incredibly cool. I especially love how in the middle I am. I'm not the oldest person here and I'm not the youngest. I'm not fattest, skinniest, prettiest, ugliest, most or least ethnic. It really is a diverse and wonderful group.

Molly O'Keefe said...

GAH!!!!! Gah - so cool so excited for you!!

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