Amanda Korman

Alumna, 2005

Amanda Korman attended the Workshop in poetry in 2005.

Where are you living and what brought you there?

I live in Charlottesville, where I moved in Fall 2012 to attend the MFA program in fiction writing at UVa.

Where are you working and what do you enjoy about it?

Besides being a grad student, I am the editorial assistant of the Virginia Quarterly Review, a kind of hybrid magazine of literature, culture and journalism that, actually, I began reading while I was at YWW. Just another dispatch from the Circle of Life.

What do you find yourself most often reading lately and why?

I just finished David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, which was mind-scrubbing, heart-bursting, and life-affirming; I recommend it to you and you and you. Deborah Eisenberg’s short story, “Flaw in the Design,” also recently took off the top of my head.

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing short stories, and recently began a novel.

How would you characterize the influence of your YWW experience in your life?

A person who wants to write is either going to write or she’s not; no program can make you sit at your desk alone every day for the rest of your life. But YWW showed me that I could do the solitary work of writing without being a solitary person. I cherish one particular memory of a camp-wide morning writing session—dozens of us at Tuttle House privately scribbling in our notebooks, silent and focused but also side by side.

What’s the best advice you can give a Young Writer (in general or in your specific genre)?

Read! Read, read, read to feed the precious lake of your mind. Then write.

Where can we find you online?

Say hello on Twitter: @mandface