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Facing Fears as a Writer

October 8, 2018 by | News

By Sam Risak Dual MA/MFA Student This fall, I moved from Florida and started the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University. I’m starting to get settled here, but I’m not settling as a writer. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Only a few weeks into my first semester, and I’ve gained insight from

Tips for Making Your Podcast the Best it Can Be

October 4, 2018 by Phil Wood | News

As a new MFA in Creative Writing student and longtime podcaster, I was excited to attend the recent GUS workshop titled “The Theory of Podcasting: A Conversational Art.” The class was taught by Mike Gravagno, who is a recent graduate of the MFA, and his cohost of the PopFilter.com podcast, Ryan Haley. I started my

Study Spots and Happenin’ Hangouts Around Campus

October 1, 2018 by Matthew Goldman | News

By Matthew Goldman Graduate Research Assistant Now that the semester is in full swing, you are probably looking for a place where you can finish your 200-page reading assignment for the lit class you’re enrolled in. Or maybe you need to escape the distractions at your house to write that creative piece that’s due for

War and Society Represents Chapman at Regional Conference

October 1, 2018 by | News

Second-year War and Society graduate student Gianni Barbera (pictured, far left) recently represented Chapman University at the Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference. The conference was held at the University of Colorado Boulder and brought in top scholars and graduate students from across the nation. Gianni served on a panel titled “Leveraging Identity and Fighting to Belong”

Department of Sociology Sociology Colloquium Series

September 27, 2018 by | News

The Department of Sociology hosts monthly colloquia featuring faculty members and guest scholars throughout the academic year. All students and faculty in the Department of Sociology (Sociology; Anthropology; Women’s Studies; Law, Justice and Social Control; Latinx Studies, etc.) are encouraged to come. Sociology Colloquium Series Below is a list of when these will be happening

Working Through Despair and Blockage

September 24, 2018 by Mariam Said | News

By Mariam Said MFA Program Assistant When I first started applying to MFA programs a little more than a year and a half ago, it was for the purpose of finding a writing community. I was in the middle of my second year of teaching, and I was miserable, I wasn’t writing, and I wanted

One Year In: What I’ve Learned About the MFA in Creative Writing

September 4, 2018 by Meg Boyles | News

By Meg Boyles MFA Program Assistant  A year ago, I started the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chapman University. I thought an MFA program would be like one really long, fantastic workshop. Summer  workshops I had taken before showed me that the creative community, the diverse classes, and the serious assignments shaped me into

Tips to make the most of your MFA

August 27, 2018 by Matthew Goldman | News

By Matthew Goldman Graduate Research Assistant Before I began the time-consuming process of applying for MFA programs, I spent hours researching the value of an MFA in Creative Writing. While there were plenty of results that described the MFA as an essential part of an aspiring writer’s career, there were an equal number of dissenting