Kenyon Workshop Day 4

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Kenyon is a gorgeous campus, green and, this week, blessed with near-perfect weather.

Salient features of the workshop:

  • Writing: every day, most of the day
  • Reading or hearing others’ writing: a good chunk of the day
  • Talking about writing: the rest of the day
  • Regression: spartan dorm rooms without even a poster or two; standing in line with trays in the cafeteria, hoping the athletes leave you something
  • Impostor syndrome: rampant, especially if you take the time to read your fellow students’ bios
  • Luxury: allowing the outside world to recede
  • Inspiration: it floods the place, oozing out of the teachers’ presentations, the fellow students’ passion, the requirement to write thousands of words
  • Growing anxiety: the assigned slot to read fresh work to the entire group of students and teachers approaches
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