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Monday, April 10, 2017

KIDD Tutorial Application Sent!

Today I applied for the KIDD Tutorial which is, in the program's own words, "A yearlong sequence of courses for undergraduates in creative writing, intellectual inquiry, and craft-based research". Based on my understanding, I will be in a workshop setting gaining information regarding how to edit, how to get work published, learn the ins-and-outs of publishing houses and their process, hear from agents, meet with agents, and most importantly: learn what it takes to write a novel (that doesn't exceed 300 pages).

This is what I have strived towards since I began my education, and now I have been presented with the opportunity to actually become part of of this process. To get more in depth into what this process is, however, I went onto the KIDD Tutorial site and copied some of the details I found most exciting--

I will be "encouraged and challenged" all year by writing for all three genres, even if my focus is creative writing as it is important to know how to be flexible in your work, and it also helps give new definition to your abilities. I will be "Reading critically as a writer" as this "is an essential life-long skill for all writers...to examine how authors have put together a story, poem, or essay; what craft choices they have made; and why they made those choices and to what effect". This will help me make decisions like this regarding my own work. After all, "Asking questions, analyzing, probing, digging deeper into texts both published and self-generated is how writers identify and clarify issues (both thematic and craft-driven) at stake in their own work". And then "In spring term, all Kidd Tutorial students contribute a selection of their work to the Kidd Anthology, which they also help to edit", which goes along with a final creative project, which means submitting a personal and professional portfolio for my own use when applying to internships and jobs, which will consist of "15–20 poems, 3–4 short stories, a novella, or, on occasion, essays in creative nonfiction". And finally there are the KIDD Talks, not unlike TED Talks, which means I get to go to book signings and have my books signed by the "visiting writers who come to campus as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series. In addition, visiting writers, writers from the University of Oregon, and Willamette Valley area writers are invited to give 50-minute talks to all the Kidd students in an intimate setting. The Kidd Talks vary from lectures about craft elements, to discussions about the authors’ work (students are assigned work by authors prior to the talks), and Q & A. Previous Kidd Tutorial students have frequently named the Kidd Talks as one of the highlights of their time in our Program".

Yes I used a lot of quotes from the page, but (ironically) I couldn't think of better ways to say all this. Besides, that's a lot of rewriting and I just don't have the energy right now. But with that notes aside: I am hoping to all the Gods/esses and Deities of Writing that I get to become part of this program. This has been a life-long dream of mine to be part of something that sounds so...well, amazingly beneficial. Quite frankly it sounds too good to be true. But even if I don't get in for Fall 17, damn it all I am going to apply until I can get in.

If you're interested in applying at some point too, click on the following link. The deadline for Fall-17 has already passed as of 2 minutes ago, but applications still roll out now and again so follow along and look into it for yourself @ https://crwr.uoregon.edu/undergraduates/the-kidd-tutorial/course-components/

The application does ask you to get somewhat personal as you are required to write a short few paragraphs regarding why you want to apply, why you write, what you read and why, etc. I felt I was asked a series of relatively personal questions based around my writing, and I am proud of my statement, so don't be afraid to check it out. Especially if you're considering applying too. 

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