One of the difficult things about being in the final stages of your MFA is that your focus is the dissertation. What that means is that you’re not on campus as much, you may not be taking any classes at all. So there’s no in-class bonding, there’s no after-class beers, instead, it’s you and the page with the occasional meeting with your dissertation chair. It can be lonely. And without the deadline of workshop it can be daunting.
Sam Tetangco, celebrating success
My colleague, Sam Tetangco, who is also in dissertation hours, came up with this fantastic idea: Writer’s March: keeping your butt in the seat one spring day at a time.
The idea is simple. Each day in March several of us have publicly committed to a writing goal. We’ll use the blog to support each other.
It’s kind of like NANIWRIMO, but no novel at the end (unless that is your goal), and we’re doing it in March, not November.
The cool thing is that we’ve expanded this beyond our own MFA circle. The challengers include not only MFA candidates from UNM, but faculty, undergraduates, AND writers in other states (sure, many are our friends, but it’s so awesome to see this thing blossom outward).
If you’d like to step up to the challenge, check out Sam’s initial post, Calling All Writers … on the blog you’ll read about avoiding evasion strategies, you’ll get writing tips and even some creative writing prompts. But most of all you’ll be in community with a bunch of other writers who are in the same boat as you– trying really hard to keep your butt in the chair!