I Got Accepted Into the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Program at EKU

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I made a decision this week. I mentioned recently that I applied to some MFA programs for creative writing. I got accepted into one of those MFA in Writing programs a few weeks ago, and it was a pretty good option. However, I got another acceptance last week – the Eastern Kentucky University Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creating Writing. This was the program I was really hoping to get into, so I accepted it. I start in the summer.

Now I’m going over all of the finer details that I can at this time – the costs, the housing arrangements for the residency, the lit mag editing opprtunties, the graduate assistantship and internship opportunities, and other things. I’m excited and probably oversharing, but I don’t have any friends who find this sort of thing interesting, so you’re all just going to have to let me overshare on my blog I suppose. I think I’m mostly excited because I know now that my fiction is going to get SO MUCH BETTER over the next two years.

It’s a low-residency program, which means I go to a residency for a few weeks and then come back and do everything else remotely. I can keep a full-time job if I want, as long as they’ll work around the residency. This is good because I won’t have to relive my financial struggles of my undergrad years, unless I want to.

I’m not sure how much I’ll want to blog about it once the residencies and classes actually start, but I think parts of it will be exciting. It doesn’t start until July, and there’s a lot I don’t know, but I’ll at least try to take the occasional selfie if nothing else. I have a feeling that I won’t have time to blog much during the residency.

Until the summer, I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing – blogging some, writing on occasion, and figuring out how podcasts work.

Speaking of podcasts, I posted a new “episode” of my podcast where I recap my blog, even though I didn’t blog much last week. I’m still not even sure if I’m going to keep the podcast going or not – it’s less of a podcast and more of a guy messing around with a microhpone. It is good practice, I suppose, and I guess it would be kind of cool to have a weird little podcast dating back over the years one day.

By Eric Shay Howard

Eric Shay Howard lives in Indianapolis. He's a teacher, a literary editor, and writer. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University. He also has MBA and BA degrees.

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