Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
All of my fiction has to do with relationships. I suspect this is true of most creative writers, but in my place this broad theme takes precedence over other creative aspects of writing, such as language. While I would not call my prose minimalist, I have tried to set down my short stories in a plain rather than an involved or noticeably poetic idiom. As for the three-tiered division into “Men,” “Women,” and “Children,” the stories themselves naturally fell into these three categories, depending on the main, point-of-view character. I found it enthralling to change the authorial voice to conform to the story. It has been an interesting exercise to think my way into the minds of characters who differ from myself in gender and/or age. My ultimate goal, of course, is a synthesis of human experience as I see it. As we pursue our lives as men and women, and children of both sexes, we are all ultimately subsumed under the rubric “human beings.” I hope both my characters and I have arrived at better ways to be human and humane.
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Goodwin, Marie Dufour, "Men, Women, and Children" (2002). LSU Master's Theses. 1836.