Here’s a belated Christmas post from Intern Holly.
1) Friendships: Sitting with the editors and fellow interns each week, we shared personal stories, our own writing, and encouragement for each of our dreams and goals.
2) Lessons: I’ve learned how a well written cover letter makes a person WANT to read the story.
3) Glimpse: As a writer I was afforded a glimpse into the inside workings of the elusive world I’ve been trying to enter from the outside.
4) Computer skills: Learning Google docs spreadsheets and how important good record keeping skills are.
5) Pizza and Chinese: Our favorite meeting time meals and the fight over the last slice or egg roll.
6) Experience: After reading piles of stories, I realized the warnings to have perfect beginnings and satisfying endings are more true than I imagined.
7) Perspective: Though we have the love of words in common, our different perspectives work together to produce a better well-rounded literary magazine.
8) Exposure: Volunteering at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference exposed me to so many local, successful writers that I realized my own dreams are possible.
9) Empathy: I’ve read submissions to PR where the writers have made the very same mistakes I’ve been guilty of in the past and I understand why good stories must sometimes be rejected.
10) Fellowship: Nothing can compare with walking and talking with Alice McDermott on the way to her Master class I was then able to attend.
11) Laughter: Our weekly meetings were filled with laughter and this will be what I miss the most.
12) Awe: The world of writing is diverse and multifaceted. Constantly changing and growing. The people and the craft itself are bountiful gifts I will always treasure.