A Drive to Write
Following a career as a special education teacher and time as a stay-at-home-mom, Mary Kurtz decided to change course and pursue her passion for writing. In 2004, she undertook the creation of a family memoir. With that in mind, she began steeping herself in the craft of writing, attending several workshops and conferences and writing daily, before eventually self-publishing her first collections of essays.
Fueled by a desire to become a more professional writer, Mary enrolled in the Regis Mile-High MFA Creative Writing program. She was certainly no stranger to higher education. A self-described “student at heart,” she had previously earned a master’s degree in special education and a master’s in counseling psychology, the latter from Regis.
What initially drew Mary to the MFA program at Regis was its low-residency program; living three-and-a-half hours from campus meant commuting was out of the question.
“But the low-residency program also really replicates a writing life. We are isolated and then we go out and we are continuing to live our lives until we come together to learn.”