Emma Rathbone attended the Workshop in playwriting and fiction from 1996-97. She returned in 2008 as a teaching fiction writer.
I’m living in Charlottesville. I came here to attend the M.F.A. program at the University of Virginia and still haven’t left.
I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, Patricia Highsmith and Tana French. I love a book that makes you feel like you have to stay up all night to see what happens. Right now I’m in the middle of a John Updike book. And I recently reread an excellent collection of short stories called Sam the Cat by Matthew Klam.
Right now I’m working on my second novel. Completing and publishing my first novel still feels like my most important accomplishment. Being able to finish something of that length felt great, and made me realize I could do it again.
It was wonderful, and I met some of my best friends in the world there. It was a special and rich time and I’ll never forget how much fun it was to be among so many creative people dedicated to pursuing art.