Welcome to the first weekly installment of What We Talk About When We Talk About Writers. Over the course of the semester, we’re going to be interviewing the writers who make up the first class of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. This week we corresponded with Juliet Barney over email. Juliet, 22, is a recent graduate of The College of Saint Rose, where she earned her B.A. in English. She was born in Lake Placid, NY (a really bad place to live if you’re a sleepwalker like Juliet). She mostly writes war fiction and has “an extremely weird fascination/obsession with World War II.” Juliet may also be the only person on the planet whose favorite movie is Pearl Harbor.
What drew you to the MFA program?
I have always been an avid reader and writer. I wrote my first short story in the second grade. It was that same year that I found a typographical error in a chapter book. I haven’t stopped ever since. I completed my undergraduate degree in English at Saint Rose. I took as many writing courses as I could, but it wasn’t enough. When I heard that the MFA program was starting, I was ecstatic. I finally have the writing workshops and classes that I have been waiting for. Continue reading