The unique experience of attending a writer’s residency, despite being devoted to the written word, can, at times, be hard to describe. Let us show you the essence of a Stonecoast residency with photos from the 2013 winter residency, going on now through January 14th.
Here, faculty member Suzanne Strempek Shea lectures on the art of pitching nonfiction projects.
Graduating student Devin Gaither gives a presentation titled, “Defining Your Reality: Metaphysics in Literary and Popular Fiction.”
Take a walk through the Stone House and you’ll see students hunched over their laptops, capturing insights and inspirations between lectures.
Some students even take the insights with them, like this lecture captured on a cell phone.
Every evening of the residency, the Stonecoast faculty read from their work. The entertaining James Patrick Kelly reads from his story “Painting The Air” and complements the piece with a prop.
Faculty member and National Book Award Finalist Tim Seibles reads from his work and brings the house down.
Residencies also allow the Stonecoast community to network and collaborate. Faculty members Dolen Perkins Valdez, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin are seen here at an evening reading.
Stonecoast Ireland Coordinator and faculty member Ted Deppe visits with Stonecoast Faculty member Barbara Hurd.
Throughout the long days of presentations, workshops, seminars, and readings, the tranquil setting of the Stone House Mansion acts as a container of inspiration.
The expansive grounds allow for quiet moments alone, where a writer can let everything sink in before returning home to start writing again.
If you’d like more information about applying to the Stonecoast MFA program click on this link. Photos courtesy of Stonecoast alum Helen Peppe.