MFA Nugget: What I Learned at My Fourth Residency

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA -- So I'm back home from my MFA in Writing residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. My car is covered in that opaque sludge that comes from splashbacks of snow and road salt, but I'm going to leave it that way for a few days as a reminder of where I've …

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MFA Nugget: Help! I Can’t Take Any More Literary Training!

On July 4th, 2012, I left the campus of the Vermont College of Fine Arts and visited America. I hadn't planned to do this. I had just finished having lunch with one of my favorite faculty members when, walking back to my dorm room, I realized I was done. Or, should I say, full. I …

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MFA Nugget: Teaching vs. Learning

I have a dilemma. True, it's a conundrum I don't have to solve for another six months, but forgive me. Being here at my MFA residency on the campus of the Vermont College of Fine Arts is firing both my left and right brains, and that left brain is in deep planning mode for my …

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MFA Nugget: Standing Naked Before Your Peers

How often in life do you lay yourself bare and invite people to inspect your every birthmark, wrinkle, and fold of fat? Beauty pageant contestants spend five minutes on stage in a swimsuit. When I competed in solo and ensemble festivals, I would sing for five minutes in front of three judges, then leave the …

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MFA Nugget: New Year’s Tradition

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: I'm going to depart a bit from my daily routine of writing instruction highlights from my residency here at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Last night I witnessed an annual celebration here in Montpelier, the tiny capital of Vermont. Hundreds of VCFA students joined with locals on the campus quad to launch …

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A Sneak Peek at Coming Attractions

I'm off to Montpelier, Vermont, tomorrow morning for my latest MFA in Writing residency, and I want to commit to you, via this post, that I will be posting highlights I pick up from lectures and readings in (semi) real time from the residency. I can't promise a post a day, but I aim to …

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