Excerpt: “Post-Residency: Was It All A Dream?”

Curious about what its like to write at a residency or needing a nudge to apply and attend one again? Here’s an excerpt from your salonniere’s last days at The MacDowell Colony this January. Original post can be found here.

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This place serves something like a training camp for creative types turned athletes. Here we learn the loneliness of longPeterborough Town Library distance running or how to build stamina for short fevered bursts of process and creative output. In the utter silence of our studio, we test the elasticity of our strengths, learn our weaknesses, and strategize how to tone our creative muscles, so we can re-enter the other world, the world of earning paychecks and paying rent or mortgages, which is someone else’s fantasy we’re obliged to participate in from time to time, but not while at MacDowell.

Read entire post here.

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