On Sunday, January 15, 2017 Hamline’s Creative Writing Programs hosted a Graduate Recognition ceremony to honor all the students who have completed their studies and will be receiving an MFA from Hamline University. During the months of December and January we will be featuring our alumni as they look back on their time at Hamline University. Today’s new graduate is Meghan Wolff.
What do you do when you’re not working on packets?
I co-host and manage the business side of a podcast called Magic the Amateuring, which is essentially my full-time job, and am a columnist and event coverage writer for the Magic the Gathering branch of Wizards of the Coast. I’m on the road a lot, writing or playing in tournaments, or with Juliet & Juliet, an improv duo that performs and teaches workshops on improvised Shakespeare.
How did you hear about the Hamline MFAC Program?
I was briefly enrolled in the MAT program at Hamline, and would still get emails from the university. Lots of them were about the MFAC.
What was your writing experience prior to entering the program?
What do remember most about your first residency?
I really loved the student readings. It was so great to hear a little bit more about everyone through their work.
Have you focused on any one form (picture book, novel, nonfiction, graphic novel) or age group in your writing? Did you try a form you never thought you’d try?
I wrote a little bit of everything except graphic novels. I ended up writing a lot more middle-grade fiction than I thought I would, which is probably my favorite form these days.
Tell us about your Creative Thesis.
It’s a historical middle grade novel set in the Midwest and Chicago in 1927. Rita is a 13-year-old trapeze artist who develops a fear of heights after her mother nearly drops her during a show.
What changes have you seen in your writing during your studies?
It’s become much more sensory-detail and moment-to-moment oriented.
Any advice for entering students or for people considering the program?
Do it. It’s tough, but even when I’ve been up until 3am trying to make a packet deadline I’ll still tell people it’s the best decision I made.