Then & Now: Q&A with alum Kaitlin KellerBy Heather Lowery
Kaitlin Keller is a graduate of the Wilkes University creative writing program. She finished the program in summer 2013 and, while she’s continued to work on her writing, this Q&A shares some of the other ‘life’ moments that hold her focus.
HL: What is life like after the M.F.A.?
KK: A struggle to find a job.
HL: What did you learn from your internship experience?
KK: I learned how to write a book review and how to write for a variety of audiences.
HL: Has that experience helped you get to where you are now?
KK: It’s enriched my knowledge as a writer.
HL: Any advice for those considering the M.F.A.?
KK: Try something you have never tried before or never thought you would be interested in. Branch out. It’s worth it! Trust your voice.
HL: What is your current occupation?
KK: Nine-month-pregnant woman awaiting the birth of her first child.
HL: What were some of your favorite things about the M.F.A.?
HL: What were some of your not so favorite things?
KK: Writing book reviews.
HL: Would you recommend getting the M.F.A.? Why?
KK: For your own personal satisfaction, yes. For career advancement? No. There’s no money in it.
HL: How did you make the most of your experience?
KK: I tried to take myself out of my comfort zone as much as possible. I pushed myself to do things I wouldn’t normally seek or want to do.
HL: Anything else you’d like to add?
KK: The M.F.A., like writing itself, is a wonderful experience for those looking to enrich their lives and intellect…but not their wallets.
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