Darren A. Deth
Feb 18, 2007, 2:39 PM
Post #1388 of 2652
My experience at VC has been extraordinary. The first residency is always the toughest. There is that wall you hit midway through it. Mine hit the day my manuscript was workshopped. It wasn't so much the actual critiquing that got to me as much as the sheer volume of it. One hour doesn't sound like a lot, but when you're on the hot seat and can't say anything until the end it is an eternity. I found myself taking the rest of the day off just so I could assimilate the information, and to let my hand loosen up from scribbling notes furiously. You will not have time to write during the residencies. There are student readings, faculty readings, visiting writer readings and informal talks--all of which are in addition to the lectures. There are events, too, that help to give your head a break, like talent shows and renegade readings.
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Each semester, when you are out of the residency you can count on reading at least ten books. There are usually two essays per packet. Depending on who you have for an advisor the creative work can range anywhere from 20 to 40 pages per packet. They say you should spend at least 25 hours per week on the work. Now, I don't actually sit at my computer writing or reading for 25 hours; I include time spent drafting things in my head, or recording notes in the car. One of the smartest things I did was purchase a digital voice recorder that I can use whenever I can't free up my hands to write.
At the last residency we did have a panel group of publishers. Also, one of the students there is currently involved with a lit magazine. He gave a great presentation on publishing in those markets, including a sample cover letter and several web-sites well worth checking out.
Your third semester you work on your critical thesis. The fourth semester entails working on your creative thesis and your lecture. Each graduating student gives a 45 minute lecture and a 20 minute reading.
The main focus of the program is craft. There is not a big push for teaching, although that is what many of us want to do. That's what I want to do.
If you have any further questions, bring them on. Oh, Louise Crowley and Melissa Fisher, the Administrators of the program are extremely friendly and will be more than willing to answer any of your questions that I don't have answers to.