Posts By Natalie Harris-Spencer

I’m An MFA Graduate!

Two years ago, I started my MFA program in Creative Writing at Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine. I entered the program with the goal of finishing my first novel. I remember feeling terrified that I was too old to be a student again. What if it was all recent undergrads? …

Published Again

I’m absolutely delighted to announce that my creative work has been published again! My short story, Oubliette, an investigation into identity and integration set in a French chateau, will appear in Issue 14 of the Stonecoast Review. This one’s especially nice, as the Stonecoast Review is judged blind. So even …

My First Front Cover

I’m thrilled to share my first front cover. The next short story from my bonkers imagination, Phrenology, originally written for a writing violence MFA workshop, has been published as the cover story in Volume 6, Issue 1 of the The Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine. Check out the absolutely …

Emerging Voices in Fiction

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been selected as one of Oyster River Pages’ Emerging Voices in Fiction for their fourth annual issue (Issue 4.1). My short story, Fish Out of Water, can be found September 2020 issue of Oyster River Pages, a literary journal that publishes voices that speak …

Podcasts on Publishing

It’s proven a little tricky to find podcasts on publishing – not podcasts about the writing process, or book reviews, but podcasts on the publishing industry itself. As a baby writer, I was always curious about the industry. I remember going on a school trip to what in my head …

Finding a Literary Agent

Finding a literary agent is every debut novelist’s Holy Grail. Literary agents are your in into the fiercely competitive publishing world. They know people. They know editors who can propel your book into the literary stratosphere. After 6 weeks of intensive querying followed by multiple offers of representation, I’m thrilled …

#amquerying

Two years ago, I thought I had finished my novel. Boy, how wrong I was. One ginormous life move across the pond later, I found myself attending a local writing group in my New Jersey town, eager to maintain the momentum I had built from the marvellous West London Writers’ …

MFA in Creative Writing

I’m thrilled to officially announce that I’ve been accepted on to an MFA in Creative Writing. It’s been some time since I finished my first draft of a novel, and editing the thing has been quite the process. It’s required structure, discipline and that thing that writers crave but never …

Finished my first draft…now what?

I can’t believe this day has actually come but I’ve finally finished the first draft of my first ever novel. It’s messy, unrefined and illogical, but there’s a beginning, middle and end in there somewhere…yep, it’s definitely a story, a story that has been bubbling away inside of me for …