23 Jan, 2015

Magic in the Winter Woods @ VCCA

January 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

I have returned to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), where I'm trying to be immensely productive during my two-week residency. When I get tired, or need to rev myself [...]

28 Aug, 2014

Goldilocks at the Hemingway House

August 28th, 2014|Tags: , |

My studio in the attic used to be a maid's room but is now furnished by Thomasville of Oakbrook, featuring their safari-style Hemingway Collection of furniture and décor. I have to say I'm [...]

25 Jul, 2014

Writer-in-Residence at the Hemingway Foundation

July 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

My big news since returning from Tel Aviv: I will be the 2014-15 writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Foundation! This entails having a studio up under the roof of Hemingway's birthplace home [...]

6 Feb, 2014

Reentry into the Real World

February 6th, 2014|Tags: |

Anybody who's ever been on a retreat will attest to this: Reentry into the real world is a challenge. That's why the VCCA has this telling sign at its exit. [...]

5 Feb, 2014

Serenity at the VCCA

February 5th, 2014|Tags: |

Oh, the serenity of a residency at the VCCA! I've returned to my everyday life in Chicago, and already VCCA's calm and focused atmosphere seems elusive. So I thought I'd [...]

29 Jan, 2014

Retyping and Plotting

January 29th, 2014|Tags: , |

Right now, this is the wall by my desk in my studio at the VCCA. I am still cutting paper into bits and pieces to work with text (see also my [...]

22 Jan, 2014

Walking the Woods at VCCA

January 22nd, 2014|Tags: , , |

I can hardly believe my good fortune to have been granted another residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and so, when I arrived and temperatures were [...]

3 Apr, 2013

@ the Kenyon Writers Workshop

April 3rd, 2013|Tags: , , |

Just a quick note to share that I will be a fellow at the Kenyon Writers Workshop this summer (June 15-22), which means I will get to assist the wonderful [...]

26 Nov, 2012

Guest Blog by Julia San Fratello: Accepting Myself at Ragdale

November 26th, 2012|Tags: |

I am beyond pleased to host one of my memoir students, Julia San Fratello, as a guest blogger today. Julia just enjoyed her very first writer's residency at Ragdale this [...]

31 Jan, 2012

Guest Blog by Cliff Garstang: Artist Residencies – Virginia? Nebraska? Or France?

January 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

As part of my series on artist residencies, I am happy to welcome Cliff Garstang,  editor of Prime Number Magazine and a fellow Queens MFA alum, who will share some of his [...]

16 Jan, 2012

Guest Blog by Marcia Pradzinski – A Residency at Ragdale

January 16th, 2012|Tags: , |

Tree at Ragdale - photo courtesy of Barbara Terao Poet and nonfiction writer Marcia Pradzinski has been a member of my Advanced Memoir Workshop at StoryStudio Chicago for a while, [...]

7 Dec, 2011

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Garber: Artist Residencies – Stimulation at VCCA versus Serenity at Jentel

December 7th, 2011|Tags: , |

Following up on my post “Why a writer’s residency is a good idea,” I am happy to welcome my writer friend Elizabeth Garber of Maine, whom I was fortunate to [...]

14 Nov, 2011

Why a Writers Residency is a Good Idea

November 14th, 2011|Tags: , |

The studios at VCCA are housed in the former barn complex. During my second time there, we had a terrific blizzard. This pictures shows the brilliant day after the storm [...]

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