Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Guest in Progress: Good News

Here’s some excellent news from Katharine Davis, who has written for the blog here and here:

Blogs and Serendipity

I’ve always loved the word “serendipity” and the concept—an apparent aptitude for making fortunate discoveries accidentally. Blogs are a great way for writers to stay connected and to learn things as I do almost daily right here at Work in Progress. In a posting earlier this spring, Leslie listed an opportunity for an artist in residence program at The Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida this October.

A moment of serendipity. I clicked on the link, and was immediately excited about the possibility of studying with a fine writer, Kelly Cherry, and to have time to work intensively on my new novel. The application deadline was less than a week away, but the dates in October worked for me, other than a dentist appointment and a few other pesky things that get in a writer’s way. Last week I got the good news that I was accepted.

I guess the moral of this story is to pay attention (a writer’s job), read this blog, and be open to serendipity! ~~Katharine Davis

Editor’s Note: Yay!!! We expect a full report upon your return!

About: Katharine Davis began writing fiction in 1999. Capturing Paris (St. Martin’s Press, May 2006) is her first novel. Recommended in Real Simple Spring Travel 2007, the novel was also included in The New York Times' (8-8-06) suggestions for fiction set in Paris. She is an Associate Editor at The Potomac Review. Katharine recently completed her second novel that takes place on the coast of Maine; it will be published in 2009. She can be reached through her web site.


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