> I spent ten glorious days in residency at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA kicking off my Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. It was wonderful being surrounded by so many writers and aspiring writers. I knew for sure that I was in the right place and wanted to be no where else. Except for missing my beloved husband and dogs, I was inspired and found my writing mojo. My home sickness was culled by the fact that I was able to call my husband any time of day or night.
I got to meet so many wonderful people and I was even able to open the door just a bit and let my inner social butterfly out to play each day. What was more refreshing was the fact that the color of your skin wasn’t even an issue, all that mattered was that everyone was there for a single purpose – to write, to become published authors, and navigate the master’s degree waters as best as they could. The schedule consisted on 9am-9pm days so much so that after about day two all my days felt the same and actually ran into each other. It was information overload in a good way. Plus the fact that there was so much walking that had to be done and I totally enjoyed it. I even lost weight because of all the walking, nice! It was ten blissful days of walking, meeting new people, getting immersed into the writing life and being totally exhausted each night to the point where I didn’t have any pain or had to take any muscle relaxers or headache relief medication. Now how to replicate that once I am home will be the challenge, but I sure am going to try.
I will be going back in January for residency part 2 and I am so eager. My 2 foundation classes, FIction & Screenwriting will begin online in about one week and I will be working on these for the next six months. In the meantime, I am trying to prepare myself by doing research and trying to come up with an amazing plot that I can turn into an equally amazing story. Engage writing muse, engage!