Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Visiting the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program
One week ago, I was on my way to the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA program in Washington state. It was a quick trip (I was back in New York City Sunday morning) but a glorious one.
I taught two classes on Thursday afternoon and two on Friday. I attended a student reading one evening and on another, an alumni association fundraiser that featured both alumni readers and guest faculty Rikki Ducornet. I enjoyed so many conversations with students, alumni, and faculty (all of whom impressed me as smart, generous, and incredibly hard-working). And I was lucky enough to stay long enough to attend the beautiful graduation ceremony on Sunday.
In addition to all of that, I got to soak in the scenery. My photos don’t really do the place justice–but I hope that you’ll get a sense of the beauty and inspiration that surrounded me. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.
Residency HQ: The Captain Whidbey Inn.
View from my room at the inn.
Early morning at the inn.
Morning view of Mt. Baker (or so I was told!).
Pretty nice to amble through this garden before heading to class.
Artist/musician Ken Waldman provides an intermezzo between his seminar and mine.
Program Director Wayne Ude in conference with a student.
Parting is such sweet sorrow –view from the ferry on the way back to SEA-TAC Saturday evening.