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Typical Residency Schedule

A typical day at a Spalding residency

A given day at residency may include plenary craft or cross-genre lectures; profession of writing sessions; genre-specific craft lectures by faculty; lectures by graduating students; readings by faculty, students, or special guests; and attendance at cultural events. Here’s a sample day:

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session. Cross-genre Exploration: Dramatic Writing.

  • Charlie Schulman, “The Tension of Opposites: Principles of Playwriting and Screenwriting”

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Profession of Writing I. Care and Tending of Books and Scripts. Panelists discuss how authors can promote a book/script once a book contract is signed or a play/screenplay is slated for production. Time for questions is included.

  • Fiction. Leslie Daniels, facilitator; Eleanor Morse; and Neela Vaswani
  • Poetry. Kathleen Driskell, facilitator; Greg Pape; and Kiki Petrosino
  • Creative Nonfiction. Roy Hoffman, facilitator; Nancy McCabe; and Elaine Orr
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults. Beth Bauman, facilitator; Lamar Giles; and Marjetta Geerling
  • Dramatic Writing. Larry Brenner, facilitator; Gabriel Dean; and Eric Schmiedl

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch. The College Street Café is open, and plenty of affordable restaurants are located within walking distance.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Faculty Lectures.

  • Fiction/Creative Nonfiction. Nancy McCabe, “Fiction or Memoir: How to Choose”
  • Poetry. Jeremy Paden, “On the Politics and Ethics of Translation”
  • Writing for Children & Young Adults. Beth Bauman, “Scene Study”
  • Screenwriting. Gabriel Dean, “Fundamentals of a Sellable TV Pilot”
  • Playwriting. Eric Schmiedl, “OBJECTIVE vs FEELING: An Ekphrastic Jump into the Dramatic”
  • Profession of Writing. Lynnell Edwards, “Book Reviewing 101”

2:15 – 4:30 p.m. Workshop Session. Two students receive hour-long discussions of their work, with a 15-minute break in between.

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Spalding’s Festival of Contemporary Writing. Distinguished Writer in Residence Kwame Alexander discusses his Newbery Medal-winning book The Crossover. Musician Randy Preston accompanies Mr. Alexander. Book signing to follow. Books provided by Carmichael’s Bookstore.

6:30 p.m. Catered dinner, followed by student reading at the Brown Hotel. Over dessert and coffee, students who signed up for a reading slot read for 5 minutes each.