Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process

First Advisor

Sarah Darer Littman

Second Advisor

Karen Romano Young


What I Learned from Friday Nights is a 50,000 word contemporary young adult novel on the issues that keep teenagers quiet. The novel focuses specifically on the topic of abortion and the emotional complications that stem from that choice. The goal of this project is to expand understanding of the complexities of this experience by highlighting its implications on a young girl’s relationships and sense of self. Marina Lender is keeping her abortion a secret from her family, who are closely bonded to the family of the person who got her pregnant. Marina’s situation is further complicated when this person pursues her sister. A best friend, a new love interest, and an unexpected tragedy move Marina to stand up against her past and discover who she can be.

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