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 Louisville, Kentucky. He's the author of the fiction collection, Crushes, and is a literary editor. He also works at a law firm and is writing his second book. He's a graduate student in the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creative Writing program at Eastern Kentucky University.

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