The past few days I’ve been gathering my writing together, re-reading the information on how to apply for the fellowship and working on a biography to include. I had pretty well decided that I would use an excerpt from my novel about a young woman in a post WWIII, post pandemic world for my writing sample. It’s just a matter of editing to tighten it up and deciding which 20 pages to include. I wasn’t sure what this workshop would have to offer me. What I ended up taking away from it was a clear idea of how the selection process works. It made me see that I really have to give them something that is going to stand out, that’s unique, in order to make it through the consecutive rounds. I hope I can do that.
My main questions had to do with what to put in a bio since I don’t have a lot of experience or a list of publications that I’ve been in, or an MFA degree. I found out that the bio should be a snapshot of where I am right now as a writer. I was somewhat surprised that I was told to include the fact that I facilitate a writer’s group at the library where I wor , but that it was okay to just say that I had published writing online rather than listing out what and where. Sort of like using a large brush to paint with a broad stroke.
The workshop really made it a lot easier to focus what I am working on right now and prepare for the application. It also energized me to get to work. I think I stand a good chance, perhaps as good as anyone else.