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.