Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Beth Mead


The personal narratives and poems contained within this thesis explore one of the most primal and powerful relationships in the human experience, that of a parent and child. As a mother of a young boy, I have found, and continue to find my greatest strength, so1Tow, and inspiration in watching him grow.

The collection as a whole does tell a complete story, although not necessarily a chronological one. It is strongly influenced by the creative nonfiction work of David Sedaris. Like Sedaris, these essays portray everyday family relationships, often in less-than- flattering ways. In a similar style, these essays do not seek sympathy or adoration for the narrator, merely the recognition of a shared honest experience.