By Joey Elizabeth, Bluegrass Writers Studio
Having been accepted to the MFA program in creative writing, I am now learning the fine art of dissection.
We have entire anthologies of specimens to choose from as well as our own creations. We are opening up each writing sample to determine what important piece is connected to another important part.
We are asked to consider what is integral and how each element supports the whole.
We must identify: Where is the heart?
We are asked, in our dissection, to follow the path to see how this piece takes in air and then lets it go. We reveal a detail, and ask, “what comes next?" Reveal another detail, and the reader anxiously waits for the next “and then”….