Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Second Advisor

Dr. Jose Skinner

Third Advisor

Dr. Marci McMahon


In the critical introduction of this thesis, I explore how choices and consequences affect a life, my life. This leads to a discussion of the struggle I had with labeling my work nonfiction. I also explore the effect structure has on the narrative arc and characters in a work, and discuss my process of deciding on a form for my creative thesis. Highlighted in this discussion is the influence of feminism and feminist authors. Finally, I intimate my issues with my cultural identity, and how this is reflected in my story and my place in the literary world. These are all aspects that have fueled and shaped my work, and are present in one way or another throughout the whole. Valley Palm is a memoir composed of organic memories thematically linked through essays and chapters.


Copyright 2010 Melissa E King. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American