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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Now, let’s hear from Janelle:
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Spalding MFA Alumni Website Reveal

Good morning everyone! Your friendly content manager, Kellie Carle, here to welcome you to the new Spalding MFA Alumni website! I hope you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the social media series leading up to this moment. In this post, we will examine all the new features the alumni website has to offer as well as what to expect in the future. Continue reading

A Day in the Life- Jessica Evans

On this episode of A Day in the Life we meet 2016 graduate Jessica Evans, a fiction writer and sometimes poet currently located in Lawton, Oklahoma. Jessica gives us some great advice she’s learned from her day job as a journalist and some insight into how she clears her mind to get ready for her fiction.  If you’d like to be featured email me, my address is below.
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7 Things To Do After a Conference

Now that AWP is over, it might be helpful to have a few actionable steps to follow up from the conference. I know I am completely overwhelmed after a conference, especially one the size of AWP, so it’s nice to have a list of things I need to do moving forward. Here are a few steps to take after a conference to help get the ball rolling.

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Interview with Katey Schultz

I’ve sat down with award-winning author Katey Schultz to pick her brain about her e-course, Katey’s Notes: an E-Course on Stewardship and Marketing. As writers it’s important to understand the business side of writing but usually, we haven’t studied business and it can be an overwhelming undertaking for people who just want to be creative. Katey Schultz has compiled her experiences and created an e-course that will more quickly and less expensively guide us through the marketing and promotion side of being a writer.

I wanted to talk with her about her process before and while creating this course if any of our alums might be interested in taking her course, or offering a similar type course on their own websites.

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The Hobbies of Writers

Writers need to write in order to be great writers. That’s obvious. But most of the time, writers have other hobbies that either inform their writing, clear their mind to write, or just keep them happy to move forward in their writing journeys.

Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist Way, “In order to create, we draw from our inner well. This inner well, an artistic reservoir, is ideally like a well-stocked trout pond…Any extended period or piece of work draws heavily on our artistic well. As artists, we must learn to be self-nourishing. We must become alert enough to consciously replenish our creative resources as we draw on them—to restock the trout pond, so to speak.” Continue reading