When he wrote back and told me to change everything back to the way it was except for one sentence, I knew the piece was ready. I decided to check my email on my phone. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Just like that, I went from what seemed utter obscurity to a state of acknowledgement, validation, and acceptance. Andreas requires that everyone submit a re-write of each assignment. Just like the other odd students.
March 12, March 12, I wrote at least part of both submissions during that two weeks. Different enough to get noticed. But in grad school, surrounded by astonishingly accomplished and talented writers, I found that no matter how hard I tried, my best would never make me The Best again. I had always been at the top of my class.
I accepted that I would always be on the congratulating side of things and never on the congratulated side.
Actually, I staebbler pretty sad. The workshop was divided, literally, in half. I went through the comments given to me by my fellow students and made some changes and submitted my re-write to Andreas.
Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest – CNFC
I was tortured by the fact that there was no way I exsay going to make it in. Then I started taking workshops and I realized that we were all The Best. But not in a bad way; more like in a relieved way.
What if I was short-listed?! Different enough to get noticed.
Andreas Schroederour Creative Non-Fiction writing instructor, sat back and watched the argument boil. In Spring Term, things got better. After I submitted my application, I realized that I was never, ever, ever going to get in.
We look forward to introducing our readers to your fine work. I was one of them. On the right, the students felt it was too long and I should cut, with a thousand suggestions of what should be omitted.
Student Competitions – The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
It was a really difficult lesson, but I learned it over the course of Fall Term I wrote at least part of both submissions during that two weeks. And, well, I think confidence—or, rather, the ability to make friends with Rejection without letting him bum you out when he gets all negative—can make the difference between success and failure. Yes, I know it was just one contest. I had always been at the top of my class.
Just like the other odd students. I decided to check my email on erna phone. Considering that the piece was published in November and I now also have an interview up on the TNQ websiteI think it is safe to say that I no longer have to keep it on the DL.
“A Different River” wins the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest
In the past, if I needed to succeed at something that was difficult, I just tried harder. When I saw an email from TNQ contdst, my heart sank a little. You are commenting using your Google account.
When I got into the program, I was nervous and excited, but also confident.