Residency – Day 9

Still groggy and tired so this will be a short post. Yesterday, after a final craft talk by poet Kwame Dawes, I spent the day cleaning my room and getting ready to leave– there was a party planned after the graduation ceremony but I decided to skip it and go home rather than spend another night in the dorm. Got back around 9:30 PM and gratefully went to sleep in my own bed.

The grad ceremony itself was very moving with the procession of faculty and grads being led into the hall by a bagpiper.

To give prospective students an idea of a typical day at Residency, below is the schedule for Monday, June 21 (full names of students have been removed).

Monday, June 21
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast on your own

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Craft Talk by Kellie Wells, “The ‘Skirls and Screaks’ of ‘the Deserving Dead,’ Stanley Elkin’s Death-Defying Maximalism”

10:15 a.m. – Noon – Workshop #3, Cycle One

Noon – 1:00 p.m. – LUNCH  TOGETHER

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Craft Talk/Reading by John Rember, Nocturne: The Story and Its Process

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Guest Craft Talk/Reading by Mark Spragg, “Beginner’s Mind”

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Graduate Reading: Poetry
Ryan — with critical introduction
Johnnie — with critical introduction

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Graduate Reading: Nonfiction
Sarah — with critical introduction
Mary Anne — with critical introduction

5:00 and 5:30  p.m. – Shopping trip to grocery store

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Dinner on your own

7:30 p.m. – Reading and Book Signing by Claire Davis, Craig Lesley & Peter Sears

9:00 p.m. – Student Reading

I’ll post some final thoughts on the Residency tomorrow.

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