WRITING THROUGH THE PANDEMIC
Last year the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program created an anthology about the life and craft of the writer titled Alchemy of the Word. At the time of publication, America’s worst nightmare seemed to be the divisiveness and polarization of our politics. None of us imagined that 2020 would be the year of the pandemic.
However, several of the essays in Alchemy of the Word did address concerns that have renewed urgency in the face of COVID-19. How can we as writers justify the time and effort we spend on our art, given the sense of emergency that now surrounds us? How can we focus in the midst of uncertainty, chaos, and fear? How can we as writers employ our humble skills to make a difference? In a time of global crisis, what are our words really worth?
We have selected a few of the essays that wrestle with these questions to share with you as a special series, Writing Through the Pandemic. If you would like to order the full anthology, Alchemy of the Word, please use this link at www.bookshop.org , so your purchase will support independent bookstores in this time of need.