Joshua Demaree is a creative nonfiction writer and a literary community organizer. Along with Emma Eisenberg, Joshua is a co-founder of Blue Stoop, a hub for literary Philly. Blue Stoop offers rigorous creative writing workshops as an MFA alternative with the express goal of opening up a physical space dedicated to literary culture in the greater … Continue reading Building Creative Community in the MFA and Beyond: A Conversation with Blue Stoop’s Joshua Demaree
Application season is a dreadful, exhausting season for many MFA-seeking writers. It's true when they say ('they' being current MFA students, past applicants, and program faculty) applying to MFA programs is not for the faint-hearted. For one, it takes forever. Researching and deciding on your top schools is not a simple task. Most programs require … Continue reading Applying to Grad School? A Quick (Real) Guide to Applying to MFAs
New Writer: Hello, Mr. Editor. I have a story that I would like you to read. Old Editor: I figured you would. New Writer: Well, will you read it? Old Editor: I already read it, actually. New Writer: No way! When did you read it? Old Editor: Just this second. New Writer: Wow, you are … Continue reading Experimental Fiction
When I was a boy, I was an excellent listener. Every Sunday I would go to church and the preacher would preach and I would take his messages to heart. No matter how dubious the notion (water into wine, a pregnant virgin, condoms are bad), I would accept it as an absolute truth. I trusted … Continue reading The Confessional: On Writing Sins
August: “So, you’ll be applying for a job, then?” my friend says to me. I cough up a little beer as I process his words. I’m heading into the last year of my M.F.A., and have a few things to show for it: teaching experience, a handful of connections, a few publications here and there, … Continue reading The Final Ten Months of the M.F.A.
After years of dreaming of joining an MFA program, painstakingly honing a packet of 15-20 poems, and spilling into tears at my first acceptance letter, I am here inside a verdant Virginia pocket. Chapbooks lean against a folding chair in my new living room. Drafts lie piled about my desk. The coffee pot huffs hourly … Continue reading What Murder, She Wrote Has to Say to the First Year MFA Student