Amanda Korman attended the Workshop in poetry in 2005.
I live in Charlottesville, where I moved in Fall 2012 to attend the MFA program in fiction writing at UVa.
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.
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.
I’m writing short stories, and recently began a novel.
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.
Read! Read, read, read to feed the precious lake of your mind. Then write.