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Darrah Cloud, MFA's picture

Elena Georgiou: Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never being satisfied...


For all the people who just wrote to ask me how to improve their work, see below:

After twenty-two years of helping people to improve their writing--this applies to all genres--the top ten bits of advice come down to four.  I'll leave it to a famous writer to pass on, since I love her work and people seem to listen more closely to the famous:

Zadie Smith (pictured above): 

1. When still a child, make sure you read a lot of books. Spend more time doing this than anything else.

Tips on Memoir, Revising and Editing

Tue, 2013-10-29 14:09 -- Anonymous (not verified)


by Aimee Liu


Here's the art of memoir in a nutshell:

Through the story of the experience, we get to know the past you; through the voice and insights you bring to the writing of that experience, we get to know and care about the present you -- and we learn what you've learned between past and present, which is really what your memoir is about.


Michael Sakamoto, MFA's picture

“Not Knowing (or everything you always already knew about grad school but were afraid to be)”

The following was delivered as a graduation speech on September 22, 2013 for the Fall 2013 semester commencement ceremony of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program in Port Townsend, Washington:

Victoria Nelson's Commencement Address, Fall 2013

Thu, 2013-10-10 09:04 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Commencement July 14, 2013

Welcome graduates and families and friends, welcome students, welcome everybody to the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing graduation ceremony here at Port Townsend. And congratulations, graduates, for successfully completing a rigorous and life-changing two years of study and writing. You have been honing your creative writing skills in the protected environment that is our program and you’re now preparing for the next step— taking those skills out and testing them in the world.


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