Alumna’s Acclaimed Debut Novel Began as an Idea in VCU's MFA Novel Workshop

July 13, 2020

Florence Adler Swims Forever book coverMFA grad, Rachel Beanland, finds it surreal that the book she began working on in a novel writing workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University is now in publication.

“For so long, the book was a Word document on my computer and it changed daily. It still blows my mind that it's this permanent object and that people I don't know are having their own personal experiences reading it,” she admits.

Beanland had the basic premise for her book when she enrolled in the novel writing workshop in the summer of 2016.  Published by Simon & Schuster, Florence Adler Swims Forever follows three generations of a family in Atlantic City as they deal with heartbreak, romance and the weight of their own secrets.  The book has already been selected as a Barnes & Noble Book Club pick and Amazon’s Featured Debut this month.

For much more details on Rachel's debut novel and how her time in the MFA in Creative Writing Program helped her on the path to publication, please see the feature in VCU News.