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Writers Ask: Worm Cans

On this week’s Writers Ask, we counsel someone who’s been rejected from all the MFA programs to which he’s applied. Should he simply give up? Choose a different path? Or put his head down, keep working, and apply again next year? We also tell someone whether they should self-publish, and we share a few of the writing prompts we use in our creative writing classes that have proven particularly useful.

After this week, we’re taking a little break from our Writers Ask episodes so we can embark on a special summer project. We share some details of that project this week, and also workshop potential names for it. (Not to worry: there will still be an episode every week; but these alternate-week episodes will be a little different for the next 2-3 months).

Talking points this week include: rejection, cargo sweatpants, bookshelf organization, worms, Philly dirtbags, and clubs: welcoming or off-putting?

Here’s a link to the Jill Talbot essay Tom mentioned w/r/t formal experimentation.

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