The adventure begins: I’ve been accepted!

bg-logoI 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!


23 thoughts on “The adventure begins: I’ve been accepted!”

  1. Eal LundquistEal Lundquist

    congratulations! I went for undergrad studies (theatre) to The Universty Of Hull in Yorkshire for a year. Sounds like your studies will be mostly electoronic. I’m excited for you!

    November 30, 2016
  2. StefStef

    Prayers and Celebration for You !!!!!
    Don’t forget to take Rosie with you !!!!!!

    November 30, 2016
  3. Michele HugglerMichele Huggler

    I’m so happy for you! This will be such a wonderful journey, and I confess I’m looking forward to hearing all I can about it. Wish I could physically go along- but reading about it will be just dandy. Thanks for sharing this great news.

    November 30, 2016
  4. KyraKyra

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news.

    November 30, 2016
  5. RonRon

    Congratulations, Shelley! Impressed that, even though you are already a successful author, you are interested enough in continuing to hone your craft that you are willing to take the considerable time and energy (and expense) required to pursue a Ph.D. in Creative Writing. You go, girl!

    November 30, 2016
  6. Pat AmsdenPat Amsden

    I never doubted it. Enjoy your new adventures and I can’t wait ro read about them. It sounds as if your professor is a perfect match and I can see where a novel set between the two wars and featuring a protagonist who’s deeply religious could be very interesting.

    November 30, 2016
  7. Cindy HowardCindy Howard

    Congratulations! That is fabulous, you deserve a big hooray! Well deserved!

    November 30, 2016
  8. JakeJake

    Fantastic. Congratulations.

    November 30, 2016
  9. MaritzaMaritza

    Congratulations!!! What an adventure you will have. Can’t wait to read all your writing assignments.

  10. Wendy MatheinWendy Mathein

    Your news is fabulous!!! Congratulations!
    You tell the best stories, and I cannot think of a better author to be in this particular program!?

  11. SherleneSherlene

    You are an inspiration woman! I’m happy for you and look forward to reading more of your work… so far I have ALL your books! ???? here’s to many, many more!

  12. Monica SpenceMonica Spence

    This, of course, comes as no surprise to me.Welcome to a real mind-blowing, superior writer-building experience, Shelley!

  13. Esther TaylorEsther Taylor

    I am just so very pleased you get to do this!
    I am looking forward to hearing about this experience and
    wish you the very best success in this adventure!!

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