Former Writers’ Program student Siel Ju’s novel-in-stories Cake Time will be published this April by Red Hen Press! Siel describes her published work: “Cake Time tells the story of a smart girl who makes risky mistakes about men and sex in her scattershot search for love in Los Angeles. It’s a contemporary coming of age story about the conflict between fear of intimacy and desire for connection.” Of her experience with the Writers’ Program, Siel says, “The incisive feedback I received in Paul Mandelbaum‘s short fiction class challenged me to rethink and rework my stories in new creative directions. Paul’s encouragement gave me the push I needed to send Cake Time out into the world.”

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