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Steve V.


Mar 1, 2008, 1:36 AM

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Hello. I did not want to hijack anyone else's introduction so I chose to clutter this section with yet another topic.

My name is Steve and I live in North Carolina. I'm a student at a Community College, planning to transfer to a four-year University in the fall to pursue a BA in Creative Writing. Hopefully I'll continue towards an MFA, but who knows what can happen in a few years.

I primarily write short fiction and sometimes the occasional stray poem. I have been published most recently in the GSU Review in the Winter 2007 issue and a work is forthcoming in Portals...I have been rejected by more than a few others. Oh well.

I like it around here already.

Thanks.


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Dana Davis / Moderator
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Mar 1, 2008, 5:49 PM

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Welcome, Steve. We hope you enjoy the many conversations available here at the Speakeasy.

Dana


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Wendy Babiak

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Mar 2, 2008, 12:10 AM

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Welcome, Steve.

I've got a BA in CW myself. That was a LONG time ago.

While you've still got the opportunity, I'd suggest you seek a double major. You may decide you don't want to have to support yourself with writing, but would prefer to get your money elsewhere, and write exactly as and what you want (and not have to teach, in case it turns out you don't like that).

I've also noticed recently that some of the most interesting (for me) writing has been coming from people who've studied and worked in biology, anthropology, linguistics, agriculture, law. Even the fiction & poetry.

Just a thought. Getting a formal education in the craft of writing is a huge privilege, but I'm not sure it's the most complete education for building a life.


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
-- Rachel Carson

Conspiracy of Leaves (Plain View Press)
What I Meant to Say


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Joanne Merriam


Mar 2, 2008, 7:31 AM

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Welcome, Steve! I hope you find what you need here.


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Most recently: Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days (Atwood, Bacigalupi, JCO, etc.)

Writer: joannemerriam.com * The Glaze from Breaking (poetry)


Steve V.


Mar 3, 2008, 12:22 PM

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Welcome, Steve.

I've got a BA in CW myself. That was a LONG time ago.

While you've still got the opportunity, I'd suggest you seek a double major. You may decide you don't want to have to support yourself with writing, but would prefer to get your money elsewhere, and write exactly as and what you want (and not have to teach, in case it turns out you don't like that).

I've also noticed recently that some of the most interesting (for me) writing has been coming from people who've studied and worked in biology, anthropology, linguistics, agriculture, law. Even the fiction & poetry.

Just a thought. Getting a formal education in the craft of writing is a huge privilege, but I'm not sure it's the most complete education for building a life.



Funny you should mention that. Until very recently I was convinced I was going to pursue a doctorate in Psychology, having studied that field extensively. Still haven't determined what exactly it is I want to pursue full-time. Working extremely hard has never once frightened me, so I have flirted with the idea of a double major. Thanks for your input, it's been on my mind quite a while lately.

And I completely agree, some of the most fascinating writing I've come across has been by people who have had extensive studies in scientific fields.


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Wendy Babiak

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Mar 6, 2008, 5:33 PM

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Psychology is fascinating, and even if you decide to go into medicine, it'll do. One of my husband's anatomy lab partners was a psych major from Miami, which B. found very clever, as he'd slaved away at a Chemistry degree from G'town.

Of course psychology would have to be helpful for writing, as well. How better to ensure that your characters are well rounded, and realistically motivated?

And as to that last point, I think it's helpful to make sure that one has something to write ABOUT.


“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
-- Rachel Carson

Conspiracy of Leaves (Plain View Press)
What I Meant to Say

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