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Marjorie Lewis

MFA Fiction, Class of 2016

"I came to SNHU's MFA program with an idea and a dream. I left with a novel and with several offers of representation."

I came to SNHU's MFA program with an idea and a dream. I left with a novel and with several offers of representation. I selected an agent, and fourteen business days after sending out my novel, my agent and I chose a publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins. Less than a month after that, we had a book-to-movie-option offer, which we subsequently accepted.

How does that happen? How does a rookie author get a New York agent, sell a debut novel to one of the most respected publishing houses in the country, and get a movie deal, to boot -- all before the final draft is finished?

The answer for me is simple: The Mountainview MFA.

I had been a journalist in Texas for many years before beginning my MFA, but I had never written fiction. With outstanding faculty and an extraordinary curriculum, I learned how to transfer my idea from thought to paper and how to give it meaning. Each day in the program reinforced something that I had discovered as early as the first day of my first residency: I had come to the right place.

Because of the Mountainview MFA, "When the Men Were Gone," a novel based on the true story of Tylene Wilson, a woman who coached football in Texas during World War II, will be published in 2018.