Poor Yorick at Residency

Hi All!

We will be doing the Poor Yorick basket auction again this year! Each morning, there will be a basket in the Ballroom you can check out and bid on. Baskets will be on display all day and after each nightly reading will be handed to the highest bidder! There are some COOL baskets so far being donated by PY staff. If anyone has a basket they’d like to donate contact me melisgordon09@yahoo.com. Since PY has no operating budget, we are hoping to raise funds for some marketing materials and potentially a small amount for a launch party. (Yes! We hope to launch journal content by the middle of the fall semester!)

We will have a PY presentation sometime during lunch on Sunday. And we will have a staff meeting (all are welcome to attend to see what we are working on) Thursday 3:00-4:00 either in the Ballroom or in one of the rooms close to. I’ll be around most of the residency, and always love talking skulls! :)

Sooooo much hard work has been put in over the summer on the journal. Thanks to all the staff. Check out what we have up on the website so far www.pooryorickjournal.com. Much more to come! 

See you all next week. :)

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Closing Event of Residency

Folks, I’m pleased to announce that, back by popular demand, the Second Annual MFA Poker Tournament will cap off our residency week. Thursday evening (August 7) at 7:30 at the Maron, there will be a poker tournament fundraiser with all proceeds going to the MFA Scholarship fund. These funds will go toward our new First Residency Scholarships to promising incoming students ($1000 each).

The event is open to friends, family, significant others, etc., so please feel free to bring guests! The tax-deductible donation is $20, though we certainly welcome larger donations and greatly appreciate those of you who made larger donations last year.

Last year we had about 30 players and raised about $1200, more than enough for one scholarship. Let’s try to get even more players this year! Alumni and faculty–please join us!

For those of you who are beginners or near-beginners unfamiliar with Texas Hold ‘em, we will have designated tables for you, so you will play with players of similar skill level (at least until we get down to the final table). There will also be a half-hour Texas Hold ‘em lesson from 7:00-7:30 for those who need a little orientation on the rules.

Hope to see you there!

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Reading for “Borrowed Structures” Workshop

Just a reminder to everyone who is taking my Borrowed Structures workshop on Tuesday, August 5: It’s ESSENTIAL that you carefully read the short story “Anubis” by Paul Murray in advance of the workshop. Shouldn’t take you more than an hour or so to read. I believe you’ve all received this story by email; if anyone still needs it please email me at tim@goputney.com.

Thanks everyone, I look forward to seeing you bright and early on the morning of Tuesday, August 5!

Tim Weed



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Residency Schedule Change

Folks, I am sorry to report that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Elizabeth Cohen will not be able to join us for the residency. This change means that Nick Mamatas’s workshop will be the lone event on the morning of Monday, August 4. It promises to be an excellent workshop, so I encourage all of you to attend it. However, if you feel that workshop does not address your fields of interest, you may either take that morning off or contact me about the possibility of arranging another event that morning for those who were planning to attend the Cohen workshop. A revised schedule should be posted to the MFA web site by tomorrow.

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Medical Writing Workshop


If you signed up for the Medical Writing Workshop on Sunday morning, August 3 and have not received links to the readings, send your email address to me at haydenl@wcsu.edu and I’ll  get those to you. 

See all soon,


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Literary New England Radio Show

Hi everyone,

It was a special pleasure to chat recently with Literary New England Radio Show host Cindy Wolfe Boynton about my new YA novel, Will Poole’s Island. We discussed the genesis of the book, some of the historical research that went into it, the extent to which the protagonist is an autobiographical figure, and my version of the 21st century writing life. Cindy asked good questions, and I read a brief excerpt from Chapter Four of the book. All in all, a very worthwhile and enjoyable conversation!

The show, which also features distinguished New England authors Deborah Harkness, Erika Johansen, and Courtney Maum, aired on Monday, July 14, 2014. It’s available as a podcast for you to download and hear at your own leisure by clicking here. My portion of the interview begins at minute 38:50. Toward the end I managed to work in a little plug for WCSU MFA. Enjoy!

Read more about Will Poole’s Island here.

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Fall Registration

Folks, if you have not yet registered, please do so at your earliest convenience. The Dean’s office likes to see those seats filled before they process teaching contracts. If you have been admitted the program in the last two weeks or so, you will not be able to register until I have emailed you your course assignments, which I should be able to do no later than tomorrow.

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