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Residencies for Fairleigh Dickinson University Low-residency MFA in creative Writing, Wroxton, England, Madison, New Jersey
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Residencies

Upcoming residency dates:

2014 Fall Residency (Madison, New Jersey)
Friday, August 1 -Sunday, August 10, 2014

2015 Spring Residency (Wroxton, England)
Saturday, January 3-Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Fall Residency (Madison, New Jersey)
Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 9, 2015

The residencies take place each year in early August at the College at Florham in Madison, New Jersey, and in early January at the Wroxton, England campus. Students must complete a minimum of three residency periods during the course of study. The residencies offer individual conferences with mentors; group workshops; readings and instruction by distinguished visiting writers; presentations by publishing professionals; faculty lectures; student readings; and other literary-related activities. There also are several hours of unscheduled time for writing, revision, and socializing. Students must attend all scheduled events, as the residency is part of the coursework. Students may choose to attend a fourth residency for a fee of $1,000.00.

The New Jersey residency includes a travel day in Manhattan, and the Wroxton residency includes a travel day when students may wish to visit Oxford or London.

 Sample Wroxton Residency Schedule (January 2014):

  • SATURDAY  1/4

    2:30 — 4:00:    Unpack, rest, get oriented. Students sign up for a time to give a reading (schedule will follow).
    4:15 — 5:00:     Wroxton Briefing.
    6:00:                  Drinks in the Buttery and General Introductions.
    6:30 — 7:45: Welcome Reception / Dinner.
    Evening:  
    Faculty Reading: David Grand, Kathy Graber.

  • SUNDAY  1/5

    8:00 – 9:00:     Breakfast.
    9:00 – 11:00:   Writing time.
    11:00 – 1:00:   Orientation for beginning students. Continuing students meet with mentors (see schedule below).
    11:00 – 12:00:  Module I meeting time.
    12:00 – 1:00:    Module II meeting time.
    1:00–2:00:          Lunch.
    2:00 — 3:30:     Faculty meeting. Free Time for Students
    3:30 — 5:30:     Generative Workshop for All Genres. Walter Cummins: “Travel, Dislocation, and Place.”
    6:00 — 7:00:       Student Readings. Buttery.
    7:00 — 7:45:       Dinner.
    Evening:          Tom Kennedy Presents: “An Introduction: Dan Turèll + Halfdan  meets Thomas E. Kennedy” (On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the untimely death of Dan Turèll), translations, with accompanying music. Buttery 

    MONDAY 1/6

    8:00 — 9:00:     Breakfast.
    10:00 — 1:00:   Module I Meeting Time.
    1:00 — 2:00:     Lunch.
    2:00 — 4:00:     Reading and Writing Workshop, Kathy Graber:  Reading Wordsworth. Library.
    4:00 — 5:30:     Writing time.
    5:30 — 6:30:     Interview with Publishing Professional.
    6:30 — 7:45:     Dinner.
    Evening:          Student Readings. Publishing Party: Renée Ashley reads from her new book, Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea, and Walter Cummins reads from his new book, Habitat: Stories of Bent Realism.

  • TUESDAY 1/7
  • 8:00 – 9:00:     Breakfast.
    9:00 — 10:15:      Graduating Student Presentations, Interview with Dan Stockman and Ellen Green on their Craft Essays.
    10:30 — 11:45:    Reviewing Workshop: Ellen Akins. Library.
    (Students Should Be Prepared to write about Levi’s The Periodic Table or Matar’s Anatomy of a Disappearance.)
    11:45:              Free afternoon and evening. Students might choose to travel to London or Oxford.

    WEDNESDAY 1/8

    8:00 — 9:00:     Breakfast.9:00 — 10:00:   Writing Time.10:00 — 1:00:   Module II Meeting Time.
    1:00 — 2:00:     Lunch.
    2:00 — 3:00:     Lecture: Tom Kennedy, John Cheever’s “The Swimmer” and Negative Capability. Library.
    3:15 — 4:45:     Film, “The Swimmer.” Screening Room
    5:00—6:00:       Writing time.
    6:00—7:00:     Interview with Craig Raine, by Renée Ashley. Buttery
    7:00—7:45:      Dinner with Visiting Writer, Craig Raine.
    Evening:          Student Readings. Craig Raine reads from his poetry. 

  • THURSDAY  1/9

    8:00—9:00:     Breakfast
    9:00—11:00:   Writing time.
    11:00—12:30: You Must Read This Lecture: Rebecca Chace on Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. Library.
    1:00 — 2:00:     Lunch
    2:00 — 3:30:    Poetry Workshop, Renée Ashley: Get Lost! Travel and Defamiliarization. Screening Room
    3:30 — 5:30:     Module I Meeting Time.
    5:30 — 6:30:     Interview with Pesha Magid.
    6:30 — 7:45:     Dinner.
    Evening:          Student Readings. Buttery.

    FRIDAY 1/10

    8:00 – 9:00:     Breakfast.
    Free Day   (Students may wish to go to London or Oxford.)

    SATURDAY 1/11

    8:00 — 9:00:     Breakfast.
    9:30 — 11:30:   Writing time.
    11:30 — 1:00:   Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Rebecca Chace and Kathy Graber, Getting Lost: An Invitation. ScreeningRoom.
    1:00 — 2:00:     Lunch.
    2:00 — 4:00:    Module II Meeting Time.
    4:00 — 5:00:    Graduating Student Presentation, Regina Wackerman. Library
    5:15 — 6:30:     Interview with Hisham Matar, by David Grand.
    6:30 — 7:45:      Dinner.
    Evening:          Student Readings. Hisham Matar Reads from his work

  • SUNDAY 1/12

    8:00 — 9:00:     Breakfast.
    9:30 — 11:30:   Writing time.
    11:30 — 1:00:   Prose/Fiction Workshop: David Grand and René Steinke, “On Location, Description and Time Signatures.”
    1:00 — 2:00:     Lunch.
    2:00 — 3:30:     Small Group Workshops, based on writing from Generative Workshop.
    3:30 — 5:00:       Meeting times for Module I.
    5:00 — 6:30:       Meeting times for Module II.
    6:30 — 7:45:     Closing Dinner.
    Evening:          Student Readings. Faculty Readings.  Buttery

  •  MONDAY 1/13

    7:00 — 7:30:     Breakfast.
    7:30:                Bus departs for Heathrow Airport. Be PROMPT.