More Information

For wholesale orders:

MFA in a Box is available from Dream of Things at a 40% discount. For more information, contact Mike O’Mary at 847.321.1390 or at

MFA in a Box is also available from Ingram Book Company (


Dream of Things
4807 Prince St.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Mike O’Mary


Seeing the World as a Writer Sees It
MFA in a Box looks at the “why” instead of the “how” of creative writing

Downers Grove, Ill. – MFA in a Box ($16.95, Dream of Things, 266 pages) by John Rember is now available from Dream of Things and from Ingram Book Company.

As Rember notes in his introduction, “MFA in a Box is not a How to Write Book. It’s a Why to Write Book.” By exploring the relationships between the writer and love, grief, place, family, race and violence, Rember helps writers dive deep into their own writing. He tells them how they can breathe down there and how they can get back.

“A big part of writing involves grappling with the terrors and discouragements that come when you have writing skills but can’t project yourself or your work into the future,” says Rember. “My hope is that MFA in a Box will help writers balance the despair of writing with the joy of writing. It’s a book designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a life-and-death endeavor—but that nothing about a life-and-death endeavor keeps it from being laugh-out-loud funny.”

About John Rember
John Rember has been a professor of writing for many years, most recently as a core faculty member of the Pacific University MFA program. He is also Writer at Large at The College of Idaho. His books include the memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley (Pantheon: 2003), and two collections of short stories, Cheerleaders from Gomorrah: Tales from the Lycra Archipelago (Confluence: 1994) and Coyote in the Mountains (Limberlost: 1989). He has also published numerous articles and columns in magazines and newspapers, including Travel & Leisure, Wildlife Conservation, and The Huffington Post. Recurring themes in his writing include the meaning of place, the impact of tourism on indigenous cultures, and the weirdness of everyday life. Rember lives in the Sawtooth Valley of central Idaho.

Comments on this entry are closed.