James Barton

Class of 2017, BFA in Creative Writing, Minor in Anthropology

James Barton

What was your favorite part of studying Creative Writing at UE?

Workshopping pieces was easily my favorite part of the writing program. Getting concrete feedback on everything from word choice to plot structure helped me improve as a writer. Reading other people’s pieces not only kept my editing skills sharp, but that I was helping them improve over the years at UE as well.

What did you experience in UE’s CRW department that feels special/unique to our program?

The focus on actually getting published is fairly unique to UE’s creative writing department. Not only with how to find magazines and contests to submit to, but how to read and understand rejection letters, what basic formatting steps to take, and how to market your own piece.

What was your favorite Creative Writing class and why?

Genre Fiction and the 400-level Writing Workshop. After years of refining skills in literary fiction, being able to apply those skills in fiction I was familiar with before coming to University of Evansville was a great experience. A guided, critical examination of genre fiction stories for techniques unique to each genre as well as the definition of genre was something I’d never formally done with a group of colleagues before. Workshop was a time to focus intensely on my own writing and get detailed feedback. With few readings, it helped me sharpen specific stories quickly as well as see other people’s passion projects. The result of such intense focus was some of the best writing I’ve ever produced.

What are you up to now?

I’m currently in the Masters of the Arts Program fro Social Sciences at University of Chicago. I’m writing in my spare time, mostly working on horror contests entries. I’m also still maintaining my blog, The Undead Author Society, that I started in my Digital Media class. I haven’t managed to get published yet, but still trying!

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