Was a writing degree really worth it?

Writer's Life

I think one of the questions I see and hear most often for writers is whether it’s necessary to formally study writing in order to be a writer. Some people seem afraid that they’re unqualified, or that no one will take their book query seriously if their educational background isn’t tied to the craft of […]

February 24, 2019

A letter to my 17 year old self

Writer's Life

Hey you. With college graduation just five days away (eek!), I’ve been thinking a lot about you. I think there are some met and missed opportunities we need to talk about. First off, everyone was right about how you probably won’t talk to your high school friends much once you get to college. You and […]

May 25, 2015

Well #?^% XXIX: Day one of my unemployment


For those of you who haven’t yet heard, I quit my job at the movie theater. Yesterday was my last day, complete with one movie selling out, a newish coworker asking dumb questions, weird phone calls, rude customers, etc… And now it’s all over. Sure, I’ll be back at work for District next week, but […]

December 29, 2014

9 Types of Artist Bios Students Write


I’ve been editing the biographies people submitted to accompany the accepted submissions to Port City Review. There’s about 63 of these and the quality ranges from only needing a comma fix to me setting aside part of the day to rewrite them. The entire selection I’m working with comes from SCAD students only, but they’re […]

December 15, 2014