MFA Whidbey Residency 2015

Creative Nonfiction mentor Paula Huston read a piece of travel writing with a healthy dose of humor!

Creative Nonfiction mentor Paula Huston read a piece of travel writing with a healthy dose of humor!

Our "common reading" texts for this residency were Shusaku Endo's Silence and Fr. Uwem Akpan's Say You're One of Them. One of the authors joined us for a discussion (and a reading, and a craft lecture!).

Our “common reading” texts for this residency were Shusaku Endo’s Silence and Fr. Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them. One of the authors joined us for a discussion (and a reading, and a craft lecture!).

On the free day, many of the students took the ferry to Port Townsend.

On the free day, many of the students took the ferry to Port Townsend.

Even on their day off, our students relax by reading and writing!

Even on their day off, our students relax by reading and writing!

At the faculty panel, our mentors discussed reading and where to look to find good books to read.

At the faculty panel, our mentors discussed reading and where to look to find good books to read.

Visiting writer and soon-to-be-faculty Scott Cairns gave a plenary lecture on writing as a response "in kind" to writers of the past.

Visiting writer and soon-to-be-faculty Scott Cairns gave a plenary lecture on writing as a response “in kind” to writers of the past.

Fr. Uwem Akpan read from brand new, not-yet-published work!

Fr. Uwem Akpan read from brand new, not-yet-published work!

Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, WA is the perfect location for our Winter residency. It's both peaceful and inspiring.

Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, WA is the perfect location for our Winter residency. It’s both peaceful and inspiring.

Even serious writers enjoy roasting a good marshmallow every once in a while.

Even serious writers enjoy roasting a good marshmallow every once in a while.

Program Director Gregory Wolfe laughs with our chaplain, Fr. Dave Denny.

Program Director Gregory Wolfe laughs with our chaplain, Fr. Dave Denny.

We have a not-so-secret tradition in the SPU MFA. It's called the Poetry Competition. It has very little to do with poetry, and much more to do with poking a little fun at ourselves.

We have a not-so-secret tradition in the SPU MFA. It’s called the Poetry Competition. It has very little to do with poetry, and much more to do with poking a little fun at ourselves.

A highlight of this year's Poetry Contest: readings from our childhood work. Jacob read the mystery story he wrote when he was in grade school. Someone was a Hardy Boys fan...

A highlight of this year’s Poetry Competition: readings from our childhood work. Jacob read the mystery story he wrote when he was in grade school. Someone was a Hardy Boys fan…

One of our Whidbey graduates, Jesse Sumpter, at his graduate reading.

One of our Whidbey graduates, Jesse Sumpter, at his graduate reading.

All photos by student Bob Denst. Thanks, Bob!