Agency Life: Confessions of a Copywriter

I wrote a new article for the UCF Creative Writing MFA blog! Read on to learn more about the agency writing life, good SEO habits, and a whole lot you probably didn’t bargain for. Until next time!

The Creative Writing MFA and Beyond

Graduating with an MFA is both terrifying and exciting. The second it’s over, you marvel at how quickly the last two or three years went by. My past and prospective professional pursuits have never exactly hinged on a graduate degree. I got my start right out of college with a hokey copywriting job that wasn’t much more than an assembly line of fake job advertisements. Fast forward and you’ll find that my career has had many faces: human resources coordinator for almost 500 employees, marketing strategy manager for a startup company with tons of potential, and freelance writer with work published on too many indiscriminate topics. Gone are the days of my perennial neurosis about whether an MFA was worth it.

In the past, I’ve authored topics on  how to staying sane in creative writing workshops and cracked open the science behind publishing poetry. Now, I’d like to share my…

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Inaugural Issue: The Rush

Hello friends and writers,

I am so honored to have a poem in the inaugural issue of The Rush, a literary magazine published by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles. They typically seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. To my delighted surprise, they are actually able to pay writers. Many fledgling journals or magazines are unable to pay writers until they have published several issues and accrued a following. This first issue is special to me for another reason – my poem appears alongside the experimental prose of someone I had the privilege of work-shopping during my graduate poetry workshops, Judith Roney. You can find her piece, “How to Operate with a Blown Mind,” here. You can also find my poem, “SE 14th Avenue Evenings,” here, and the entire first issue is available on their homepage.

I haven’t written an update in a long while, but there have been many blessings for me and Josh recently. I am excited to sit down and gather all of my thoughts soon. Until then, happy writing.

With love,

Brianne

SRR Volume 36, Issue 3 is live!

Hello friends and writers,

My poem, “Staring into the Sun,” went live in the volume 36, issue 3 of The Sandy River Review, the undergraduate literary journal run by students at the University of Maine at Farmington. My poem starts on page four, and check out all of the other lovely literary works and photographs that made it into this issue.

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Source: Current Issue

First UCF MFA Reading of the Year

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This summer was an absolute whirlwind, and I imagine you must feel the same way. As I mourn the passing of August and contemplate the fact that there are no more semesters for me to look forward to anymore (unless I suck it up and go for the PhD), I was overjoyed to be invited to read at UCF’s first PARCELS reading of the academic year. This will be the third premier PARCELS reading that I’ve been a part of and I am so glad to share the few poems I wrote this summer with UCF’s current creative writing students, alumni, and faculty. The reading series will no longer be held at Stardust Video & Coffee but will, instead, take place at Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park from about 7:30 until 9 p.m. this coming Sunday (9/11/2016). There will be a total of four readers sharing new works in fiction, literary nonfiction, and/or poetry. I look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces!

If you or someone you know might be interested to learn more about UCF and its MFA or Graduate programs, please feel free to visit them online or leave a comment below and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have or refer you to the best possible resource. The MFA program in Creative Writing offers concentrations in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction, and features a curriculum fueled by aesthetic values and focused on students’ original creative work. UCF’s faculty members are deeply committed to cultivating a diverse community of high-quality literary writers and preparing them for careers in writing, editing, teaching, and/or other creative endeavors. They prepared me, and I’ve found good fortune publishing my poems in this very competitive literary market while utilizing tools learned in the classroom in my marketing strategy career. The sky is the limit, and no one can stifle your creativity. Dare to discover your capabilities.

You can also follow the fun events and advice or topic articles consistently posted to the MFA program’s blog.

Self-portrait featured in The Sun Magazine

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Shocked and elated to come home to my (September 2016) Issue 489 of The Sun magazine, who incredibly selected a photograph of mine for publication last autumn and now it’s really real! What a wondrous belated birthday gift.

I hope to one day publish a poem or two with The Sun, but photography is another great love of mine. I took this particular photograph, “Head South,” in October of 2010, nearly six years ago from today while standing in a backyard in Kissimmee. I was new to the Orlando area then, and I had no idea where life would take me. Thank you to Rachel Elliott and the talented editorial team in Chapel Hill, and thank you for pairing my photograph with Claire Halliday’s unique essay, “The Possible Universe.” I am so honored to be a part of this amazing publication.

PS: Stay tuned for hopefully more exciting news!

Prose poem live in Crab Fat Magazine

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My fiancé and I were finishing up a long weekend trip to the Carolinas and eating at a Fort Mill, SC BBQ joint when I received the word that one of my very first prose poems ever written, “I did a lot of things,” went live (yesterday) in Crab Fat Magazine‘s August 2016 issue. I want to thank Crab Fat for featuring me and the many talented writers and artists in this issue, including but not limited to E.F. Schraeder, Tricia Yost, and Colin Talmage. Take a break from your day and read a little!

PS: Stay tuned for some hopefully exciting news.