I arrived safely in Pittsburgh yesterday and even managed to find a ride to Greensburg for the residency. I’ve missed the atmosphere here and hanging out with a bunch of other writers. It’s amazing to me sometimes how much energy, creativity, and intelligence is always exhibited at SHU for the residencies. It’s hard to not be surrounded by any of that on a daily basis, but I think it would get a little overwhelming if this was how my entire life went.
As today is the first day, I have so far only attended the opening reception last night, the general discussion of Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips followed by the special session on what a reader is and why we as writers should pay attention to our reader, and then the very informative and entertaining Readings in the Genre: Horror.
During the course of the previous term, the Readings in the Genre: Horror read a pretty sizable selection of horror works, which is pretty helpful considering that I still hadn’t really solidified the books I wanted to read for this term. Here is a list of the books from last term:
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Hell House by Richard Matheson, Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, Cabal by Clive Barker, the Shining by Stephen King, a whole lot of H.P. Lovecraft, and Neverland by Douglas Clegg.
Scott Johnson (http://www.americanhorrorwriter.net/) led the discussion and covered key aspects of all of the texts. I always enjoy taking his modules and classes because he tends to allow everyone to participate in the conversation. None of his courses are ever structured in such a way that you receive a handout for the class and then basically read what the handout says. It’s a refreshing and interactive way to teach, and I think we all get more out of those types of classes.
I’ve also had a few sparse opportunities to chat with my mentor and I’m really looking forward to my mentor meeting so we can hammer out and start to polish a lot of the key areas that I seem to be struggling with.
Tonight is just a presentation on iPads. We’ll see how that goes.