Midland College (MC) professor and author Stacy Egan has returned from a coveted Tin
House residency for young adult writing in Portland, Oregon. More than 500 aspiring
authors apply per residency cycle, only 8 writers are selected, and only 2 are selected
in the young adult genre.
“I was so honored and excited to be chosen for the Tin House Residency for Young Adult
Writing,” Egan said. “This opportunity has allowed me to model my discipline and practice
writing in action. I am able to empathize with my students when they struggle with
revisions and show them firsthand how long it takes me to get a draft to a place where
I am happy.”
Egan was in Portland from September 2-18. She was selected to work on the second book
in her fiction trilogy set in an alternate version of the U.S. where citizens are
under constant surveillance, the wealthiest use a company to design their children,
and the privilege of the few is dependent on an overworked majority class. When the
protagonist and her friends learn the neurological enhancement they were designed
to possess has a dangerous side effect, they must struggle to assert their humanity
within an institution that treats them as volatile patients and a society that sees
them as a threat.
“I have been able to successfully complete both Intuitive and its sequel No Man's
Land,” Egan said. “My agent is currently on submission to editors with Intuitive.
The publishing industry is extremely competitive, but with any luck, we will find
a home for this book."
Egan teaches Integrated Reading and Writing, Composition I, Composition II, American
Literature I and II, Masterpieces (novels), and Creative Writing. Her short book of
fiction, You Could Stop It Here, was published by PANK books and was an honorable
mention for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her stories have appeared in The Hunger,
The New Plains Review, December magazine and others.
“I owe a huge thank you to my family for making it possible for me to be away from
home for this amazing opportunity,” Egan said. “Special thanks to my husband and best
reader, Brendan Egan. I am beyond grateful to be in MC’s English department; my dean
Billy Feeler, my department chair Pamela Howell, and Sara Peterson, my Language Hub
colleague, all support and celebrate my creative endeavors. As an institution, MC
truly values its faculty. Also, thank you to my Integrated Reading and Writing students
who so perfectly adapted and embraced Zoom learning for the time I was working remotely.”
Tin House residencies attract high-caliber writers and offer them greater time, space,
and financial flexibility to write and work on literacy projects.