Declaration of Independence: Justin Hamm on the museum of americana

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Declaration of Independence: Justin Hamm on the museum of americana This past summer, Justin Hamm took a creative leap of faith. Merging a love of historical American culture with online publishing, he founded the literary review the museum of americana, and in swift order assembled a website, an editorial team and a creative vision that [….]

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, by Robert Olen Butler

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There is no scarcity of advice for the student of creative writing. Guidance abounds, running the gamut from technical analyses to methods for kickstarting the creative impulse. Where the latter is concerned, the writer is advised to try writing to music, or daily journaling or cataloging her dreams (something this writer’s dreams are far too [….]

To MFA or Not?

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When I was considering enrolling in an MFA program the question most asked was “Why pay thousands of dollars for something you can learn on your own?” At the time, pride responded with, “Because it’s something I’ve wanted since I was a child,” and I dismissed all the nay-sayers. Fulfilling a childhood goal was not [….]