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Software engineer with a penchant for bread, writing, and a way to buy bread (and possibly rent) with my writing. Currently considering an MFA in fiction, if only because the last time I was in a workshop setting, it was five years ago in college and I miss writing groups. All my English major friends have gone on into the ether realms of The Real Adult World (TM) and no longer write anymore, which depresses me, and I think all my tech friends find my "hobby" and "passion" kind of cute, the intrusive phrasing of which sends me into an existential spiral. Besides writing, I love coffee, petting dogs, the occasional rage inducing DoTA 2 game, and trying to desperately improve my Hokkien so I can try to tell myself that I'm not losing my culture to Mandarin standardization.
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I have been writing for nearly 4 decades. For most of my creative life, I have been a member of a writers' workshop, in one form or another. The value of such a group is clear to me. The format I prefer caters to longer fiction and nonfiction that is submitted to the group in serial form over successive meetings. Material is sent out a few days to a week before the gathering; people come armed with critiques. When a submitter's material is discussed, that person cannot speak. For me, I find this prohibition imperative. As a submitter, it forces me to listen, and as a critic it allows me the freedom to be honest. The last few years, the tumultuous events of the day have inspired my writing. As an older white male of northern European descent, I am desperate for the input and reaction of people different from me. I do believe I have value to offer to a group. I try to critique people's writing on the basis of what I believe they are trying to achieve. I welcome the challenge of new voices and different perspective.
I started writing memoir over a decade ago at the Lakeside Writing Studio of Columbia College Chicago and sought further education in creative writing at the StoryStudio Chicago and University of Chicago Graham School Writer’s Studio. Then I studied the English language and literature in depth and honed my craft in writing through my MA studies in English and Creative Writing at the Southern New Hampshire University. Last Fall I was admitted to the Northwestern’s MFA in Prose and Poetry.
While studying Fiction at NW, I also work fulltime at The University of Chicago Law School. I have been a subscriber of PW for a while and would like to join a writer’s group here. I am seeking peer support with like-minded writers and a vibrant writing community.
I'm a writer and editor who's worked in digital media for 10 years, but my primary interest is fiction. I'm looking for groups where I can receive and give feedback on short stories I'm working on, and for groups that discuss the ins and outs of getting published. I know how to write for mainstream websites, but have basically no idea what I'm doing when navigating the fiction world!