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: Lessons From My Failed Residency Workshop

MONTPELIER, VERMONT -- This post is an attempt to find some positives in an otherwise not-so-pleasant workshop experience here at my MFA in Writing residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Here is a list of things I promise not to do next summer, at my final residency: I will remember to say something …

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MFA Nugget: Struggling with Immersion

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: I'm here at my fourth MFA in Writing residency at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, physically at least. I've already attended a lecture and a three-faculty reading, consumed a moderately acceptable dining-hall meal, and signed up for a student reading (I'm up the night of the 3rd). But I feel disconnected, in …

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MFA Nuggets are Coming

It's that time again! Soon I'll be posting daily (if possible) posts from my latest MFA residency at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. At my winter residency I shared ten posts, or "MFA Nuggets," with you. I discussed lectures, readings, and the life of a creative writer at residency. Now, it never …

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Maintaining Creative Momentum

I anticipated riding a wave as monstrous as the surfing delights found on Oahu's North Shore. Instead I've been floating in the bathtub that is the Gulf of Mexico post-hurricane season. Last July I rode a huge creative wave out of my first-ever MFA residency, seemingly unlimited energy that carried me through two "packets" of …

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Writing Wisdom, Real-Time (and Not)

An impending data download dump of writing wisdom is about to fill my cranium. On Saturday I leave for a 10-day residency in my MFA in Writing program in Montpelier, Vermont. A number of readers have encouraged me to share some of my experiences and learning as I follow this path, and I intend to …

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