To give you an idea of what a low-residency week might look like, here's my schedule for today.
9:00 - 10:30 Gateway Seminar - Reading as Writer/Stage and Screen
10:30 - 12:00 Craft Seminar - Fiction/Speaking the Novel
1:00 - 2:00 Graduating student craft seminars (many to choose from!)
2:00 - 5:00 Small group workshop
5:00 - 6:15 Graduating student thesis readings
8:00 - 9:30 Graduating student thesis readings (Nightly readings alternate between Faculty Readings and Grad readings)
I mentioned in a previous post the differences between craft and gateway seminars, large group and small group workshops. Also, at Queens, we participate in seminars outside of our genre. We have astounding faculty (yes, I'm biased), writers who teach at Queens residencies, and at universities throughout the country during the rest of the year. There is a lot to take in. I'm still ruminating, for example, over Tuesday's Fiction Craft seminar about character and the question of character transformation.
It's an intense week. It's a week of being exhilarated, motivated, then crashing down exhausted. It's all consuming. And I highly recommend it.