It's day 6 here on Bread Loaf mountain and I haven't determined if it feels like forever or if I just got here. It's the halfway point and I'm enjoying every bit of it.
The awkwardness of the first day at school is long gone and I've slipped into a comfortable routine, sometimes demanding, sometimes laid-back. My instructor, Kevin McIlvoy, is a sharp, kind, supportive teacher and my understanding of certain aspects of the craft have increased dramatically thanks to his insights in each workshop and craft class he teaches, and also due to the quality of lectures here. I feel inspired to work on my novel and to write more stories when I leave, and there's no greater feeling for me than that. (Okay, so maybe an acceptance is good too) :)
I've met some fabulous people, both those I've known online for some time and new. It was great seeing Laila Lalami again (I'm looking forward to her craft class and to her reading), meeting Cliff Garstang and Mary Akers for the first time, and many many others.
Miss you all and hope you're writing and reading is going well.
- Originally from Vermont, I now live in North Carolina. My work can be found in recent issues of REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, and Pank, among others, and forthcoming from Gargoyle #57 and REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters. One of my stories has been translated into Farsi by Asadollah Amraee, and many others by Jalil Jafari, two of which have been published in the Iranian journal, Golestaneh Magazine. For two years I worked as an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine. Currently, I serve as a mentor for Dzanc's Creative Writing Sessions. I'm working on two novels and a short story collection. In May, I was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the 2011 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.