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Contest: Want to be Writer's Digest's next MFA blogger?

[Today’s entry is a guest post from WD Editor Jessica Strawser. A regular writing prompt follows. Happy Wednesday!]

Every June, when school buses no longer slow my morning commute and my evenings are brightened by excited kids chasing the ice cream truck after dinner, I can’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia for summer vacation.

But this year, not only does summer bring pangs of jealousy brought on by all of my (very relaxed looking, I must say) teacher friends (how did they already get so tan?), it also marks the end of a school year here at WD, as well: Our first-ever resident writing student blogger, Kate Monahan, is wrapping up her tenure at MFA Confidential as she looks ahead to her graduation from The New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program later this month.

Even if you haven’t been following Kate’s journey all along, you definitely won’t want to miss her final posts. For the past few weeks, Kate has been looking back on her time in the workshop and sharing lessons learned, perspectives on learning the craft of writing in general, and much more. Some recent highlights include:

5 Valuable Writing Tips From Her Most Trusted Professors

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting an MFA

Reflection Mode: Thinking About Life Inside an MFA Program

Important Elements of a Solid Creative Writing Program

Be sure to check them out—and to stay tuned for her final signoff later this month. And if you like what you read, don’t hesitate to leave a comment to wish Kate well as she embarks on the next chapter of her writing life. I know she’d love to hear from you.

As much as we’re sad to see Kate go, we’re also looking ahead to the new school year (after we’ve had our own fill of ice cream, of course) when a new creative writing student will take the reigns of the MFA Confidential blog.

Would you jump at a chance to be our next resident blogger? If you’re enrolled in a graduate-level writing program (MFA, MA, low-res, you name it) for the next school year, you’re eligible to enter our second annual MFA Confidential competition! It’s free (yep, no entry fee)—all you need are a few sample blog posts showing why you’d be the right writer for the job. But hurry—the deadline is fast approaching on July 1. Learn more here:

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