I heard this morning from Lancaster University in England:
“I am writing to advise you that the University is pleased to make you an offer of a place for postgraduate study, as detailed below.”
Shriek! I’ve been accepted into the Ph.D. in Creative Writing program, to start in October 2017. The title of my research project is “The Comforter: Narrative Truth and Reader Expectations in Popular Fiction About Utopian Faith Communities.” How’s that for a handle?
I’ve been assigned a thesis supervisor, Professor John Schad, who has interests in religion in literature as well as the period between the world wars, when my book will be set, so I think it will be a good match. In May next year I had planned to be in Cornwall to do additional research for my steampunk novels, so a side trip to Lancaster (in the northwest of England) is definitely now on the agenda. I want to meet my supervisor, as well as some of the faculty involved in the “Authors and the World” project, which I believe will have a significant impact on the research portion of the dissertation.
The book that eventually comes out of this will be an Adina Senft novel—working title The Comforter—and may even be the first in a series. But one thing at a time …
This is so exciting! Celebrate with me!