I'm also taking Reformation and Modern Church History to Dr. Calhoun this summer, and I met with him after class today. We'd been planning on that since the end of last semester, but this was the first chance we had to get together. It was a good meeting. His comments on my story were encouraging and his advice for me was helpful. Beyond that, it was just nice to have a conversation with him. He is one of the kindest men you could meet, and he understands what a writer needs to do in order to do good work. I must say, I was a bit embarrassed by showing him some of the story's content. It's not pornographic, nor does it have a Tarantino-like level of language and violence, but there is some cursing and a reference to a sexual situation. Dr. Calhoun is a Flannery O'Connor fan, though, so he understands what it takes to craft a powerful story. You have to deal with the warts of reality in a realistic way.
All in all, a good meeting. He has encouraged me on my way toward pursuing an MFA, and he even said he saw that I had some talent. Hopefully I can continue to develop said talent and write something that is worthwhile for both Christians and non-Christian. He also advised me to continue to go to conferences and make contacts with people in the field. It's nice when you get advised to do exactly what you wanted to do anyway . . .