New semester!

Can’t believe I’m already three weeks in! (And that it’s been more than a month since I last posted. *hangs head*) I scheduled this to be a much lighter semester than the last one is, so I’d have time to write, and that’s already paying off, which relieves me to no end. The end of last semester had me pacing and wondering, “What the hell am I doing in an MFA program if I don’t have either the time to write or any idea of what to write about?”

This semester I’m taking the required fiction workshop and a science writing workshop; two classes instead of last semester’s four. My fiction teacher is awesome. She is seriously worth fangirling over. She runs class discussions on advanced ideas of craft, she makes radical suggestions for story changes, and she makes sure were respectful and supportive of our fellow writers. I think I’m going to get some really great writing done for that class.

Science writing is so not what I expected, in a good way. I had assumed it would be similar to a course in technical writing, or maybe investigative journalism. Instead, the professor is starting us out by writing POETRY about science. Then we’re going to move through fiction, memoir, and only get to more journalistic writing at the very end of the course. I’m terrified of writing poetry, but excited about it as well, and I think this course is going to push me in wonderful ways.

Still working in the writing center, but this semester I’m also TAing a course in Adolescent Lit. The professor I’m assisting is wonderful, the books are fascinating (I’d never even heard of half of them!) and I’m going to lead my first class activity on Tuesday. Getting up in front of 40 students is a little intimidating, but I’m looking forward to it.

And, as I said, the writing is going well. Struggled with three ideas that just would not cooperate, then sat down and banged out an experimental piece from the POV of Eliezer Ben Yehudah’s son that I think works beautifully. I’m back to feeling like a writer, and I can’t wait to see what the next few months will bring.

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