Over the summer I was fortunate enough to be offered a residency at betterArts in the North Country of New York. Besides swimming in the crystal clear lakes and eating veggies fresh from the organic garden, the residency also gave me the time and space to do a lot of much-needed writing free from the demands of my “real” life. I loved every second of it. And it also got me thinking about writing residencies as a concept – I already have a MFA, and I work at a writers conference, so why is applying for and receiving a residency important? And is it important/interesting to everybody?For those of you applying to MFA programs this year, do you think having a residency on your résumé helps? What are the pros/cons for choosing a residency over a conference? If your reason for joining a MFA program is to devote time to writing, is attending a residency a viable alternative? Post your comments below!