Creative Writing at The New School

Matthew Futterman is a native New Yorker, who earned his MFA in Writing for Children from The New School in 2015. He also holds a Masters in Mechanical and Bio Engineering from Georgia Tech, have flown in NASA's Weightless Wonder (the same airplane in which Apollo 13 was filmed). In addition, he is a high school physics teacher.

1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?

Hm, that's a tough one. Bilbo Baggins is my favorite protagonist. And who doesn't love Harry Potter, so for villain I'd have to say He Who Must Not Be Named.

2. When did you know you were a writer?

I knew I was a writer when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My father took me to FAO Schwarz one day and I found a beautifully illustrated edition of The Hobbit. I read it quickly and then wrote my own version. It was terrible and trite, but it showed promise. But it wasn't until after college that I finally realized writing wasn't just a hobby.

3. What are you currently working on?

Back in August I finished the book I was working on when I was at The New School. It's called Maxwell Archimedes and The Temple of Weights. I've been busy querying agents (crossing my fingers). My other project is called The Wizard of Whatever.

4 How has your writing process changed over the years?

I've gotten much better at silencing my inner editor while writing my first drafts. I can only write in the morning, from about 7 am to roughly 11 am. I also don't plan my first drafts anymore nor do I try to go in order. If I have an idea or a need to write a specific scene or chapter then I do it. Editing it patching everything together. Surprisingly, I've found that I enjoy the editing much more than I enjoy the first drafts. In fact, I prefer the revision process overall much more.

5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.

My settings are always easy to visualize.

Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.  

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