The January countdown begins! I haven't paid these people at Queens a dime yet and I've been up to my nose in reading and writing. That's okay because, so far, all the books have been great. Currently reading: Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell. Books completed...A Sport and a Pastime, by James Salter, Spending by Mary Gordon, The Passion by Jeannette Winterson, and Revolutionary Road by Robert Yates (no, the movie doesn't count!) There are a few more to go and I plan to have them completed, along with reading log and response papers, by January (as soon as Nanowrimo is over!)
This is how it has worked so far. Upon acceptance into the Queen's program, we newbies received an in-depth syllabus that explained the workshops and seminars for the January residency as well as our required assignments. Each workshop and seminar has a required reading list - 2 - 4 books each. The seminars are based on a particular theme, reflected in the instructors choice of required reading. In total, there are 12 craft seminars, broken down by genre - fiction, nonfiction, poetry and stage and screen. Two larger seminars are required, regardless of genre, on topics such as literary reviewing, depending on whether you are a first, second or third residency student. Finally, there are two manuscript workshops, in large and small group settings.
This week, a third residency student contacted all of us with a detailed, FAQ email about the program. She let us know what would happen when we first arrive on campus, how the meal plans work, where the library is located, and what happens at the end of the day (ie, where can we get dinner and a drink?)
This also opened up the opportunity for us newbies to introduce ourselves via email to everyone else. Its been fun to get to know everyone. Even better, I've met some folks in my general neck of the woods, so we've discussed carpooling to Charlotte and possible meet ups, before or after the residency.
Let me know if you have questions about the low residency process. I plan on keeping you all updated as I go along. Keep writing!