The Waking: A Poem by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

As promised, this post contains a poem from two-time Northern Writers’ Award winner, and my first creative writing professor, Carolyn Jess-Cooke.  You can also read the draft opening of my novel-in-progress on her blog!  (Just follow this link) Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and received a BA, MA (Creative Writing), and a…

I won a Northern Writers’ Award!

I am honored and amazed to announce that I have won a Northern Writers’ Award! The awards were established in 2000 by New Writing North.  If you are a writer or someone with a strong literary interest living in the northeast of England, you will undoubtedly have heard of NWN.  They work to support writers…

Why I Write

In one of my recent classes for my MA, we discussed the origins of our desires to write.  As usual, most people talked about either always having this drive, or, in later years, suddenly desiring a change or experiencing something which led them to write.  I fall into the former category. Thinking about why I…

Where you write

Where do you do your best work? Buzzfeed recently posted a list called 40 Inspiring Workspaces of the Famously Creative. Some of my favorites: And there are so many other interesting ones. It reminded me of the post Carolyn Jess-Cooke did on her blog, A Writer’s Day in Pictures.  In a few of them, she…

Applying to an M.A. Creative Writing Program

Recently, one of my old classmates asked me this:  How did you apply to your M.A. program? I remember how lost I felt while applying to my creative writing program.  While I asked a lot of different people for help, I was frustrated by how uncertain I still felt about the whole process.  Was I…

Don’t Delete: Newsletters Can Be Helpful

I have a link to Writer’s Digest on my Useful Links page, but I’m not sure I’ve actually directly addressed before just how useful signing up for their newsletters can be.  Yes, it does mean getting even more emails.  When I’m really feeling the weight of writer’s block, it is so easy to just delete…

The writing life

I don’t have a good, concrete reason why I haven’t updated since October.  I know last semester I got caught up in things that were going on, personal struggles, and simply getting any creative writing done in the midst of that was an accomplishment.  Like other things, this blog fell by the wayside a bit….

Longing

In one of my recent classes for my creative writing program, we were told to choose a photo from some old postcards and describe it, using as many of our senses as possible.  Then we were told to choose a scrap of paper from an envelope and develop the description of the scene from the…

A reimmersion

Right.  I am collecting my thoughts and addled brains together.  I am getting back into the “swing” of things, reimmersing myself in all things writing.  I am beginning with this blog. As I said in one of my last posts, my summer job successfully consumed the majority of my time and energy over that last…