Earlier this year, I had no idea what I was doing with my life after I stopped studying and working at the university. I welcomed the break but felt rather insecure as I’ve always been tethered to an institution or a project, or a paid job. The only plan I had post-MA was to submit an abstract for this year’s AAWP conference since it was going to be held in my hometown and I’m so glad that I did! I met so many interesting writers and academics this week.
In addition to presenting and attending at the conference, I had the opportunity to attend a postgraduate masterclass with Terri-Ann White from UWA Publishing and Melbourne poet Quinn Eades. I got to read an excerpt from “How to read Shakespeare while duck sitting’ at The Moon met people from around the country and the world who I otherwise would not have met, including writers and artists that I hope to profile on this blog next year. A colleague of one of my thesis markers chaired my session so I had the opportunity to pass onto her a quick update of what’s happened since she marked my thesis. Her encouragement and general comments about my writing gave me the confidence to get off the hamster wheel, for as long as it is tenable, and write.