March Residency 2011 Highlights

By Dyana Herron

Last Saturday we wrapped up the residency at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, and Sunday morning headed home, exhausted but happy.

I’ve now attended nine SPU MFA residencies– five as a student and four as an administrator– and I think this was perhaps the most fun I’ve had at a residency so far.

It’s hard to choose a favorite part. Among the contenders: evening readings from SPU faculty members Gina Ochsner, Bret Lott, Robert Clark, and Jeanne Murray Walker, and guest faculty Scott Russell Sanders, Mark Jarman, and Melanie Rae Thon. Afternoon readings from our students. A midweek bonfire by the beach under clear, starry skies. Impromptu wiffle ball games. The Bad Writing viewing on movie night. Delicious meals prepared by Serendipity Events & Catering.

Off course, a lot of work took place, too, but even that was infused with joy. To see some joy firsthand, take a look at a performance given at the traditional silly poetry contest. This song is a new take on Rebecca Black’s viral music video “Friday,” rewritten here as “Whidbey.”

Here are a few photographs of highlights from the week:

The Olympic Mountains make an appearance.

Melissa strikes a pose by the SPU banner.

Students enjoy lunch outside with fiction mentor Bret Lott.

Cheryl holds a photo of program director Gregory Wolfe.

Group Shot!