Month: May 2015

The Art of the Artist’s Residency

Readers, this month I have been tucked away in the splendid Vermont Studio Center, busily editing the novel and also trying to produce some new short stories. About once a year I love attending programs like these; there really is nothing like devoting yourself to the quiet, singular craft of writing. You’d be amazed what kinds of work can come out of an experience like it.

I am stunned by how smoothly the VSC is run, by how beautiful the facilities are, and how friendly and welcoming the entire community is. I’ve met a terrific bunch of writers and artists while being here, and I’m so inspired by marinating in their developing work.

Many might say that you can achieve the same experience if you just turn off the phone and hunker down at your desk at home, and you can with effort and if a residency is not possible. But if it is possible, jump at the chance. There’s a huge mental difference between squeezing an hour of writing in between obligations at home, and giving yourself the time and permission to put your writing first.

So what is a residency really like? I’ll try to tell you about a typical day here at the Vermont Studio Center. The day might be different for every resident, but here’s the routine I’ve been working on.

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Interview with Us at The Review Review!

We’re so excited to have been asked by The Review Review to talk a bit about the mission of our journal and also what really gets our attention in submissions. There are some valuable do’s and don’t’s over there, as well as some deeper insights into what cross-genre experiments inspired the creation of Two Cities Review. Read the article here and start with an excerpt below:

On deciding among submissions…

We’re a new journal, just learning what it’s like to have too many great stories pushed into our inboxes and not enough pages to print them all. But I must admit that so far, the decision-making process has been easier than I thought it would be. Once I’ve sunk into a new story or poem, I can feel within just a few lines whether I’m sitting up straight, perking up and taking interest. There are still ways the story could go wrong, but on a gut level, the decision is already on its way to being made by the time I’m at the end of the first page. There are a few factors in this half-unconscious process, and I’ll try to explain what the difference is between a tolerable story and a great one…

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