Amanda Kay Oaks

Class of 2014, BFA in Creative Writing, BA in Literature

Amanda Kay Oaks

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

The personal attention from faculty! Being at a smaller university like Evansville, even a shy student like me was able to connect with and get to know faculty on a personal level. Even two years after graduation when I was freaking out about choosing where to go for my MFA, UE faculty were willing to help talk through my options.

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

At UE, I got the opportunity to attend AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) in Seattle as part of the staff of The Evansville Review. At that time, we were one of the only groups of undergrads there--most people were graduate students or academics, so it felt very special to be able to step into that space and be part of a community of writers at such a young age. I think it was the first time I felt like a “real” writer.

What was your favorite Creative Writing class and why?

My favorite class was Nonfiction Writing with Professor Bone. It was the first time I wrote nonfiction, and it turns out, I love it! I wouldn't be where I am today if that hadn't been a part of the curriculum.

What are you up to now?

Currently, I'm a second year student at Chatham University, working towards an MFA in Creative Nonfiction with a concentration in Pedagogy.

I also work as an online writing tutor through Pearson and am a Teaching Assistant in the English Department here, which I absolutely love. I have also been the Nonfiction Editor at Newfound Journal for the past three years, an opportunity I gained through networking at AWP when I went as part of The Evansville Review staff.

I am also a contributing writer for Book Riot and have published pieces in Aspiring to Inspire: An Anthology of Women's Writing, Hoosier Lit, The Longridge Review, Newfound Journal's blog, and on the health and wellness site Greatist. Currently, I'm working on my MFA thesis, which is a collection of personal essays about romantic relationships, pop culture, and being single.

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