For the past two years, I've been working toward my MFA at Chatham University. As of April 15th, my short story collection, LIKE GLASS, has been approved! I passed my defense and submitted my bound copies (see pictures below!) to the university.
was published in Crack The Spine literary magazine, if you're interested in reading it!
Basically, I have 135 pages of stories to show for my time in grad school, and I'm pretty proud of that!
My thesis alone is not enough for a whole book. I'll have to almost double the wordcount before I start looking into publication options, not to mention all the revisions I'll have to do on my current stories. Because that's the tricky thing about a creative thesis: even after it's printed and bound, it's not necessarily done.
My thesis board members gave me TONS of revision ideas during my defense that I want to explore in the future. I only had to make line edits before printing my thesis, but they talked a lot about the future of my collection and elements I could add. Afterward, I had an evening or two of anxiety because I had ALL OF THE IDEAS but no time for major revisions. And I had to learn to be okay with that.
I'm excited to be leaving my MFA program with even more ideas than I entered with. I have a direction now, managable goals I can check off, and lots of submitting to look forward to.
Here's to the next phase of my writing life!