Tag Archives: Dorothy Allison

The place that transformed my life – Solstice MFA in Creative Writing

If you’re interested in writing or MFA programs or where I spent two years transforming my life and becoming a writer, please watch this great video for the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College, located in Chestnut Hill, MA, … Continue reading

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The year in pictures and thoughts

I want to thank all the readers of “The Early Draft,” both my friends and those I don’t know who are now stumbling upon my writing. I’m excited to tell you I’ve had thousands and thousands of hits and my … Continue reading

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What’s a Howler? A cutthroat peer reviewer teaches Cindy a lesson!

When I started this blog in August of 2010, just after graduating from the Solstice MFA program of Pine Manor College, I told stories from long ago about personal embarrassment. A couple of times in my life, some ruthless teachers … Continue reading

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How do you write happy?

How Do You Write Happy? Lately I’ve been acknowledging how good my life is. Maybe some of you out there do this all the time, count your blessings, write down all the positives about your life: I love my children, … Continue reading

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Once an Agoraphobic…

Hello. My name is Cindy and I’m an agoraphobic. Thirty years have passed since I’ve uttered the words “panic disorder” and “agoraphobia” as many times as I did this summer. A challenging trip to Colorado in August led to this … Continue reading

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Get on your bike and ride

I want to ride my bicycle. It sounds so simple, but I’m afraid of the traffic, the line of shiny cars with drivers oblivious or resenting me. I glide by on narrow streets forcing them to slow down: they’re texting, … Continue reading

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