A Day in the Life- Anna Urquhart

On this episode of A Day in the Life we Summer 2015 grad Anna Urquhard. She is a fiction writer from Schaefferstown, PA.  She is one busy woman with many writing and English-related jobs.  She also has the dream of most writers, I think: a small writing house separate from her home. (I am extremely jealous).  It was great to hear from Anna  and learn more about her daily routine and writing process.

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A Day in the Life- Emily Vander Ark

On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet 2016 grad Emily Vander Ark. She writes for children and young adults and is a writing and composition teacher.  Emily lives in Southwest Michigan.   It was great to hear from Emily and learn more about her daily routine and writing process.

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Upcoming Conferences and Residencies through July

Want to meet up with agents and editors?
Want to hone your writing skills with other dedicated writers?

This list can help.

I’ve put together some upcoming conferences and residencies for the first half of 2018 to help you reach your writing goals this year. If you’re going to attend any, let us know in the Spalding Alumni Facebook group so we can meet up with fellow alumni while there.

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A Day in the Life- Jill Cox- Cordova

On this episode of A Day in the Life we Spring 2017 grad Jill Cox- Cordova. She is a fiction writer with a background in journalism, and an interest in nonfiction. Jill lives near Atlanta and works as an English Comp. teacher when she’s not writing.  It was great to hear from Jill  and learn more about her daily routine and writing process.

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Contests To Enter to Finish Out 2017

With the new year fast approaching, I wanted to put together a list of contests with deadlines in December and some into January.  You can start 2018 off on the right foot by getting your work out there and maybe getting a little prize money and the recognition your work deserves in 2018.  Here is by no means an exhaustive but it’s definitely a good place to start if you want to get your work out there.

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A Day in the Life- Annie Frazier Crandell

On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet newbie alum (as she calls it) Annie Frazier Crandell, a Spring 2017 graduate. She is mostly a fiction writer (that’s what she studied at Spalding), but she also writes poetry and hopes to one day dabble in both Writing for Children and CNF.  Annie lives in Central Florida where, she says, the air is almost always steam shower thick. It was great to hear from Annie and learn more about her writing process.  I think you’ll all enjoy this interview because, as you can already see with a few quotes I give, she has a great voice that makes her writing so fun to read.

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Beginner’s Guide to NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Every November the NaNoWriMo foundation encourages would-be novelists to just sit down and finally write that novel in a supportive environment. Writers from all over the world sign up for the challenge and commit to trying to write 50,000 words in just one month. It may sound impossible, but last year alone almost 400,000 writers signed up. 

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50 Places to Pitch Your Travel Writing

At Spalding we have such a unique program. We get to travel to various places for our studies and experience new people, places, and ways of life. Because we have such a well-traveled group of alumni, it’s only fitting that we have travel stories. Whether you’re writing a city guide, an essay about your experience, or a how-to of making traveling easier, publications are looking for your work.

Maybe you’ve never thought to freelance before, especially for travel publications, but publications are always looking for new writing, and what better place to find it than from MFA grads?

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A Day in the Life- Janelle Fila

On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet Spring 2017 graduate Janelle Fila, a contemporary fiction writer (with a passion for magical realism) based in Janesville, Ohio. Beyond her fiction writing, She has also recently started an online literary magazine, YAmmering, for YA, children’s fiction,poetry, creative nonfiction and illustrations. Janelle has some great advice on how to juggle a busy life and make writing a priority.

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