Since taking Prose Fiction and Poetry workshops within the Concentration I’ve been a feature reader at Versefest, an editor of in/words magazine, and I’ve published my writing in Scintilla and Arc; in the latter magazine I had two poems shortlisted for the poem of the year. One of those poems ended up winning the readers’ choice award. I can honestly say that without the instruction I received at Carleton this list of achievements would belong to someone else. My advice to new writers is to carefully cultivate those influences which are constructive, supportive and encouraging. The Carleton Creative Writing Concentration is exactly that.