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How to Make Your Writing Stand Out

I’ve been reviewing MFA applications for a quarter century. Here’s my advice to any aspiring writer.

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This January, I am doing what I have been doing every January for nearly a quarter of a century: reading applications for the MFA program in creative writing here at the University of Michigan. With hundreds of manuscripts to read and…

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Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack

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Eileen is the author, most recently, of The Professor of Immortality, A Perfect Life, and The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.