With Thanksgiving less than 24 hours away, I’m excited to be going home, vegging out and seeing my parents. But I also have that stressful nagging voice in my head reminding me that I need to finish the next draft of Memory Bankers, the full length I will use as my MFA writing sample.
This year I’m only applying to one school, mainly because it’s the only school that I am absolutely certain I would drop everything for to go. I’ve thought about getting my playwriting MFA for awhile now, but no program gets me more excited than UT Austin, the Michener Center. I went to visit about a month ago, and I got a great energy from the place. I know it sounds all new agey, but you can really get a feel for environments sometimes. I’ve always been intrigued by the program for the fact that you can study two genres, and of course, the funding is pretty incredible.
With a little over two weeks to go, I’m a stressed about getting the play to a place where I’m completely confident about it. But I’ve been working on it for over a year at this point and workshopped it to death – so it’s hard to stay clear minded about how I feel about it.
Normally, Thanksgiving at my parents revolves around lots of sleep, eating, wine drinking, scrabble and talking. While there will surely be some of that, I will also be writing, writing, writing…