Poetry and the Power of a Converse MFA: Zorina Frey ’23
In this captivating, honest, and humorous blog post, Zorina Frey ’23 (MFA) talks about her journey to—and through—Converse’s low-residency MFA program.
An MFA double major in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry, Frey used the 2 1/2 year program as an opportunity to develop relationships with writing mentors, finesse her writing technique and learn how to talk to and with her readers through her writing.
Frey credits MFA faculty Tyree Daye, Robert Olmstead and Denise Duhamel, for support with her first-year manuscript, writing workshop drafts and for encouraging her to experiment with different styles and forms of poetry.
“…everyone seems to come out on the other side feeling accomplished, empowered, informed, proud, and ready to help fellow cohorts.”Zora Frey on the task of writing a critical paper.
Frey said, “Thanks to the individually tailored and disciplined semester plans, I took the initiative to learn as many forms and styles of poetry as possible while spending 2 1/2 years developing my creative thesis. I was also tasked with a critical paper on the craft of writing. And while that loomed over all of my cohorts as the least favorite part of the curriculum, everyone seems to come out on the other side feeling accomplished, empowered, informed, proud, and ready to help fellow cohorts.”
Read first-hand about Frey’s MFA journey on Converse’s official MFA blog.