Yesterday I traveled to Enders Island, just off the coast of Mystic, CT, to speak to students at Fairfield University's low res MFA program. CavanKerry Press authors Joan Cusack Handler, Judith Hannan, and Joseph Legaspi (pictured above) also spoke as part of a panel on getting your first manuscript published.
We read on the last day of their 10-day residency. Instead of meeting on campus for the classroom portion, the program meets twice a year (January and July) at St. Edmund's Retreat, which is a lovely campus about 75 miles from the college. Program participants stay on site the whole time, working and writing together in this unique setting. Having the ocean as your backdrop makes for an intense learning experience.
To hear the students talk about this program reminded me of my days at NYU. So much energy and excitement in the air. It was truly wonderful to spend the afternoon with such a talented group of students and professors.
Can we come back in July?