|Welcome to Mason’s Road, an online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing. We are writers of all ages and in all stages of our writing careers, who come together twice a year for our residencies at inspirational Enders Island, where we discuss and practice the writing craft. Mason’s Island Road is the final stretch that leads us to Enders.
Mason’s Road is a place but it is also a time; like any journey, it provides a liminality, or period of transition. We hope you will join us on this road as we search to better understand our craft by exploring thought, sound, and sight through words, audio, and art.
Like masons who labor to piece together their work – finding the right combination of stone, rock, and mortar to create something that will last and survive the test of time – we as writers are first and foremost craftspeople. We arrange and rearrange words until we get them right. Hence we seek writing that has been polished through hard labor and industrious practice – writing that is honest, and earnest, and strong. Writing that, ultimately, teaches us the basics and the subtleties of our craft.
To honor this goal, each issue of Mason’s Road is dedicated to a particular aspect of the writing craft. Each issue features poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama that showcase exemplary or innovative use of craft elements. Past issues have focused on voice or persona, imagery, settings, and arc. In this issue, we focus on characterization. In future issues we may focus on dialogue or metaphors or rhythm or beginnings or endings, whatever our staff and our readers would like to learn more about.
Explore, and come back for more! Mason’s Road will publish twice a year, during our summer and winter residencies. And we will be turning to you – the international writing community – to travel with us down Mason’s Road to the threshold of inspiration.