Monday, December 09, 2013
Check out a very wise article from Robin Tung over at Affording the MFA. "Statements: How Much Can They Help?"
One of many highlights:
Don’t apologize (explicitly or implicitly). If you’ve been out of school for a long time, have never taught, worked at a paper mill for the last decade, grew up destitute or still live under the poverty line–whatever it is, find or impose a narrative line that shows the knowledge and experience that has come out of it. These are origins or outcomes you couldn’t have changed for a number of reasons. Be a little generous with yourself while still being honest; view yourself from a different viewpoint. Your viewpoint influences the language, which controls the tone of your writing. Don’t put yourself down.