Monday, June 28, 2010

3 days 2 nights 1 good time

I’ve returned and recovered from a few days of fun at the Wilkes University MFA Residency. It was an absolute honor to have been invited to speak to alumni, students, faculty and guests about the literary life and getting connected with both the community and business sides of writing. In addition to my business plenary session “Literary Living: Developing a Creative Career,” I had the pleasure of sitting on two additional panels: Thursday’s agent/editor Q&A panel and then Saturday’s thesis pitch panel.

It was a great time. I adored the students and their incredible energy and passion for writing. The faculty were overwhelmingly welcoming and endearing. And, overall, the community that is developed between the MA and MFA students and faculty was so evident at all points of my stay, even the last remaining hours when no doubt everyone could have used a weeklong nap.

I’ve added a number of photos of my Wilkes weekend to facebook and these are publicly accessible here:

My thanks go out to all the wonderful folks I met who made me feel at home and I’d especially like to thank Bonnie Culver and Jim Warner for being generous, joyous hosts.


  1. We loved having you! Thanks for coming out and teaching us so much.

  2. Hi Pete!

    Thanks so much for the kind words. I had a wonderful time at Wilkes and I'm so pleased to hear it was an informative visit.

    Thanks for posting!

  3. Glad you had a great time! I worked out of that area for years!

  4. Thanks for posting, Tiffany. Northeastern PA is beautiful. I wish I would have had more time to explore the area, but I will definitely do so next time. Thanks for dropping in!

  5. Lori, I loved your presentation on goal setting. I am finished with the program, not going on with my MFA. So, it's up to me to make things happen. You gave me a great dashboard, too. Many, many thanks for your insights, slides, advice.

  6. Gale, thanks so much for writing. I'm so pleased to hear the session was useful to you and will help you set some goals for all that's to come! Please do keep in touch and let me know how your writing (and writing life!) progresses. I love hearing follow-up stories!