NO EXIT: When Endings Disappoint

 

By Dianne Aprile
Spalding MFA faculty, Creative Nonfiction

I’m a big fan of ambiguous endings. I have no problem with being left in the middle of things in the last scene. In fact, I find pleasure in lingering with a range of possibilities after the final page is turned. I have no quarrel with a novel or memoir that closes with its main character teetering on the brink of change—rather than safely ensconced on the other side of it. Continue reading “NO EXIT: When Endings Disappoint”

THE ESSENTIALS: Creating a Poem with Rhythm and Music

by Kathleen Driskell
Spalding MFA Faculty, Poetry

“…it’s usually the music that takes the poem from proficient to unforgettable.”

Recently, I was asked to judge a poetry competition that called me to read and think about hundreds of poems. Sifting through heaps of entries, I found, as I usually do when judging a poetry contest (or when I’m looking through submissions for The Louisville Review) that nearly all poems submitted are proficient, obviously made with some know-how. And because of that it might seem an impossible task to choose a handful of “winners” and “honorable mentions” from the many, but surprisingly, it never really is. Continue reading “THE ESSENTIALS: Creating a Poem with Rhythm and Music”

Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character

by Beth Bauman

Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children and Young Adults

My new favorite TV show is the HBO crime drama “The Night Of.”  It’s tough and gritty and co-written by the inimitable Richard Price.  I’m going to detour here and mention how at a New Yorker festival years back, I first met Price when he and another author gave talks about their writing. Continue reading “Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character”

Welcome Home: A Writer’s Return To Rome

By Sena Jeter Naslund

Spalding MFA Program Director

It’s a bit odd to say to a group of students and faculty, recently arrived in Rome, “Welcome Home!” But you know how that goes: wherever the Spalding Master of Fine Arts in Writing gathers, I always say, as program director, “Welcome Home!” and we are at home when we’re with each other. Continue reading “Welcome Home: A Writer’s Return To Rome”