This residency has been so so so so busy. Yet, I have learned so much. I learned about the importance of verbs in moving action. I learned about how to avoid sentimentality in writing. We read some really really awful pieces.
I was workshopped and basically need to change my whole book. Imagine writing 140 pages then being told to change everything. It was refreshing and I didn't cry. I actually felt okay and looking forward to rethinking everything.
This residency has been a lot of fun. I've had good conversations about writing and with people. Over lunch, myself and a bunch of authors and students played desert island albums, movie, and book. I chose:
1) Confederacy of Dunces as a book
2) Beatles White Album as the album
3) Annie Hall as the movie (though I'm not confident on this one.)
I heard some great readers. My advisor David Elliot read from his book (Wuv Bunnies from Outers Pace). It was hysterical. I have a workshop with MT Anderson today and he is reading tonight. So I'm excited.
I also read yesterday and people were rolling in the aisles and laughing. A couple people said I intimidated them, which I found funny, because I think I'm lest intimidating person.
I'm off to read and need to get to Lesley to learn about point of view. YAY.