Jan. 14th, 2011

amergina: (seton hill)
I now have an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University!

I started the journey toward this end back in January of 2008, and back then I was aiming for a Masters of Arts. In July of 2009, the program switched from an MA to an MFA. I chose to switch to the MFA and take an additional five classes and one term writing project toward that end. It took an extra year than the MA (though the program, if you are entering now, is only 2 and a half years, rather than three.)

I wrote and polished an 107,000-word fantasy novel, which I am now querying. I also started two other novels, and am about 2/3rds of the way finished one of those projects.

I now have a writing community, critique partners, life-long friendships, and professional colleagues along with that MFA. And I am much much more confident about meeting people in the industry. I'm still shy, but I can get over it. ;-)

Monday night was my thesis defense -- I thanked folks, talked a bit about why I wrote my thesis, read two chapters (from the middle of the novel) and answered questions. People keep asking me how it went. I tell them to ask someone who was there... people say I did well, so I guess I did. :)

I don't mind reading my work out loud or even talking about it, but the thank yous nearly had me in tears when I got to thanking my family, since they were sitting in the first row.

In the end, it was well worth the time and money to do. And now my tassel goes to 11.

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