Mfa Creative Writing Blog 2015

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That novel sold to a major publisher and got me a contract for another.

That novel sold to a major publisher and got me a contract for another.The two book sales did not provide me with enough income to quit the day job.

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Which makes Stephen Jay Schwartz, a second year fiction student, somewhat unusual — he’s the a screenwriter, and a former film executive, too.

And the fact is, Stephen’s not alone — over 50% of our students are previously published or produced, often many times over — so what was Stephen looking for when he decided, in the middle of a successful writing career, to come back to school to get an MFA?

Between the writing assignment, the small cash I received from my book deals, and cashing out my 401K, I managed to squeak out a year and a half of full-time writing.

But, still, I’m the breadwinner for a family of four, and I simply couldn’t pay the mortgage on writing alone.

Full Professor, Assistant Chair, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies. In 2016 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

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He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and has been a winner of the Colorado Book Award, and a finalist for The William Carlos Williams Award, and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry.

It kept the creditors at bay while I wrote my first novel.

It took three and a half years to write that novel, hammering out pages every night, weekend, vacation, holiday and sick day available to me.

I looked around desperately for work, applied to Trader Joe’s and all the restaurants I frequented when I was a film biz exec.

I even spent two weeks driving a taxi, which was both illuminating and humiliating at the same time. I decided that I wanted to live STORY twenty-four-seven.

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