2016 Summer Community of Writers @Eden Hall Farm

A look back at the ten-day residency for Chatham University MFA students

  1. From July 21-31, forty students and faculty members gathered to live and learn and write together at Chatham's beautiful Eden Hall campus in Gibsonia, PA! Our theme for SCW 16 was "Risk &" and amazing things came of it right from the start.
  2. Our keynote speaker, acclaimed YA writer, Christopher Barzak, himself a Chatham MFA alum, gave us our task on the first night: be vulnerable. Get out of your comfort zone and take risks.
  3. Chris Barzak: Keynote Speech #SCW16
    Chris Barzak: Keynote Speech #SCW16
  4. View from the podium. Gorgeous! #scw16 #chathamunivmfa #lowresmfa #edenhall #writing #mfa #residency
    View from the podium. Gorgeous! #scw16 #chathamunivmfa #lowresmfa #edenhall #writing #mfa #residency
  5. Morning workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and YA writing were rigorous and challenging.
  6. Poets 馃憣#SCW16 #ChathamMFA
    Poets 馃憣#SCW16 #ChathamMFA
  7. Lori Jakiela and her workshop #scw16 #chathamuniversity #lorijakiela
    Lori Jakiela and her workshop #scw16 #chathamuniversity #lorijakiela
  8. YA 馃巿#SCW16 #ChathamMFA
    YA 馃巿#SCW16 #ChathamMFA
  9. Fiction workshop, day 7 in the barn. #scw16
    Fiction workshop, day 7 in the barn. #scw16
  10. In the afternoons, we had great craft and creativity talks, gallery shows and round table discussions on thesis preparation and manuscript publication.
  11. Sherrie Flick! #SCW16 #ChathamMFA
    Sherrie Flick! #SCW16 #ChathamMFA
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  13. Listening to the thesis prep panel.#chathamunivmfa #chathamuniversity #scw16
    Listening to the thesis prep panel.#chathamunivmfa #chathamuniversity #scw16
  14. #chathamuniversity #scw16 #photography #writingcommunity
    #chathamuniversity #scw16 #photography #writingcommunity
  15. #scw16  #chatham #chathamuniversity #photography #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram
    #scw16 #chatham #chathamuniversity #photography #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram
  16. Some of us did a yoga for writers workshop.
  17. Kelsey Leach teaches us how to relax and free our minds during #scw16  #yoga #freeyourmind #freeyourmindandthink #writing #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #chatham #chathamuniversity
    Kelsey Leach teaches us how to relax and free our minds during #scw16 #yoga #freeyourmind #freeyourmindandthink #writing #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #chatham #chathamuniversity
  18. And others explored the landscape on a nature and wildlife tour of the campus.
  19. Dr Ryan Utz, ecologist at Eden Hall Farm, holds a young salamander. This morning, Ryan led students on a nature walk near the headwaters of Breakneck Creek. This salamander lives in a stream where Ryan is gathering data about dissolved oxygen levels. #scw16 #chathamuniversity #chathammfa #pennsylvania #salamanders #herpetology
    Dr Ryan Utz, ecologist at Eden Hall Farm, holds a young salamander. This morning, Ryan led students on a nature walk near the headwaters of Breakneck Creek. This salamander lives in a stream where Ryan is gathering data about dissolved oxygen levels. #scw16 #chathamuniversity #chathammfa #pennsylvania #salamanders #herpetology
  20. Some of us camped!
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