Writing Thoughts

Advice To A Young Writer

Advice To A Young Writer

Last month, I heard from a young writer whom I taught a couple of years ago at Winchester University (England). She said she’d realized that the thing she most wanted in life was to be a writer, and she asked if I had any advice for her. Well, I’ve spent two decades or so thinking(…)

Summer’s Almost Gone…

Summer’s Almost Gone…

It doesn’t feel like the end of summer—it’s 80F outside and I have to keep moving desks at UNH library to avoid frying in the sun—but it’s September, and just in the last couple of days our neighbor’s tree has got the message and developed a core of red, while my neighbor himself spent Saturday cutting(…)

Second Semester at UNH

Second Semester at UNH

Last week I sent off 13 revised poems to Charles Simic, my workshop leader for the semester that has just ended, and that finished off my first year on the Creative Writing MFA at UNH. It has been quite a semester: there was snow, snow, and then more snow (hence the picture); cancellations and catch-ups; cut-ups(…)

Old Hampshire to New Hampshire

Old Hampshire to New Hampshire

Looking back at my last post, I see it’s been nearly six months since I blogged. There has been one basic reason for that: on March 5th, I received news that I’d been accepted onto the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire, starting in Fall 2014. That email(…)

Back to the backbone

Back to the backbone

Is it Friday again already? Well, no, but I am away all day tomorrow at an Open University event, so this week’s post comes to you a day early. Lucky you! What with the Bank Holiday and not being around tomorrow, it has been a short week, but still an interesting one. We spent the(…)