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Residency day 9

Courtesy of MFA scheduling and my own travel plans I had a short last day of the residency. The afternoon workshop was optional for all but first term students, I’d already taken care of my contract consultation and flying out Friday night meant that I would miss the closing reception.

The morning workshop was Amy Hill Hearth talking about using oral history as a source of voice. It was as well-organized as her reading the night before. I arrived a bit late and yet managed to not be among the last to arrive.

We had our final workshop before lunch, looking at the Dostoyevsky pastiche that Tibor had us work on, with one of the other students writing an incredible piece of work beyond anything else I’d read of his work.

We had a final lunch with Tibor, with the table filled with many of his mentees from the previous term as well as the current term. For an added bit of entertainment, a socially awkward young man who had made a habit of coming into our lunches illicitly (late, after the first time, so at least there was little chance of him depriving anyone of their food), was removed by campus security, although it did seem a bit pointless to go through the trouble of removing him at the end of the last lunch.

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Residency day 8

Our day began with Jason Ockert teaching about writing the Short Short Story. Notably, I thought I got something actually usable out of a writing prompt. Then morning workshop.

In the afternoon, we had synthesis. A diagram that we drew to draw connections between seminars and common reading was well-received by the synthesis group. I had one participant say that from what he had heard, we had the best of the synthesis groups which was a bit flattering.

Later in the afternoon, I met with my mentor (Tibor Fischer) and mapped out my semester plan.

The evening readings were Amy Hill Hearth, who seemed to talk about her story more than she read from it and Tibor who really annoyed me because I realized that I’m going to have to read all his stuff.

There was a bit of depressing news as well at the reading: This will be Tibor’s last term with the program. I had hoped to work with him for my thesis term, and this dramatically changes how I’ll approach mentor selection next term.

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