Category Archives: Solstice MFA Pine Manor College

Broken things

The mirror in my upstairs bathroom medicine chest almost fell on my head. The mirror is separated into thirds, with each third opening when you push it, screws holding the turning mechanisms together, and  magnets holding the doors closed when … Continue reading

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I want to make a comeback

When I started The Early Draft in 2010, the point was to free myself to write whatever I wanted. It was an exercise in not worrying that the writing was perfect or publication-ready. I wanted to blog because I don’t … Continue reading

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Is the MFA Worth It?: Guest blog by Message from a Blue Jay Author Faye Rapoport DesPres!

Message from a Blue Jay was written one chapter at a time, starting in the early days at Solstice when I started practicing the personal essay form. Slowly, over the two-year period of my studies, I began building a body of work I could be proud of. Still, the essay collection that became my final Creative Thesis was not the end of the road – not by far. Continue reading

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Baton Blog Hopping: Hey, it’s Cindy’s turn.

Any author who has developed a distinct voice makes his or her work different. Once you have found a voice as a writer, no one else sounds like you. Continue reading

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Writers Helping Writers!

Help fund a writer! I really said this: The Solstice MFA program provided me with a life-changing experience. I didn’t just earn an MFA, I found a new family, new friends, a new life, and a renewed sense of myself … Continue reading

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Renewal and Re-invention of…yourself

I am learning about ways to renew and reinvent myself. Although I can’t go into details, several years ago, it was imperative that I reinvent myself at work – and I did. I now have a great job and work … Continue reading

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The Twisty-Turn-y Journey of My “Career”

    In an effort to lighten up my blog (and to lighten up generally), I’ve chosen the relatively innocuous topic of my career. I think work histories are interesting. I hope mine is to you, but if you’re bored, … Continue reading

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