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 got above freezing that entire residency, so staying huddled in my dorm room with my laptop wasn’t a hardship; it might be a bit tougher to resist the temptation of the outdoors this time. I recall that at last summer’s residency the weather was delightful.

VCFA’s College Hall, home of readings, workshops, and graduation. I hope to be a participant in that last event next summer.

I will say this: I find that blogging about what I learn at residency helps reinforce the lessons in my own head, so I may blog every day purely for selfish reasons. If you get something out of it as well, fantastic!

Finally, if you’re curious about what a residency schedule looks like, just know that a typical day runs from about 9 am to 10 pm; repeat 10 times. Here’s this semester’s schedule. Oh my.

About Patrick Ross

I'm the author of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist's Road.

16 Responses to “MFA Nuggets are Coming”

  1. I look forward to seeing you in Vermont!

  2. Enjoy the crisp and sunny Vermont summer. And, good luck with your writing – the blogs and the rest!

  3. Your posts from the winter session were inspiring. Looking forward to more. Thanks for sharing what you learn.

  4. Can’t wait for your nuggets! I love getting a glimpse of what’s going on there; residencies were so wonderful. Have a fabulous time!

  5. great to share in your experience; best wishes

  6. I agree, Patrick, writing down things I’m learning helps me process it. And in this case, it’s a win-win, as we all get to benefit also.

    • I do what I can to help you relive your own residency experiences, Charlotte, albeit from VT and not Kentucky, or wherever you may have had a residency abroad.

  7. Wow! I’m jealous! And I can’t wait to hear about what you learn.

  8. Looking forward to it! Having been in an MFA program, it is heartening to hear your enthusiasm for it, which is how it should be. Enthusiasm for the craft should be contagious!

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