On writing residencies, and the Arctic

During the panel, Alexander Lumans graciously shared some of his tips about his writing life. Chiefly, he suggested that emerging writers may often benefit from attending writers residencies, where you spend a certain period of time (say, 2 weeks, or 4 weeks) at a space that facilitates your writing process, alongside other writers and artists. The most prestigious (and naturally, most competitive) ones even pay their attendees a stipend and provide free accommodation and board!

Lumans is a residency veteran, having attended such esteemed residencies as MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Arctic Circle Residency, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. He talked at length about his residency that took him on a ship to the Arctic Circle, where he spent three weeks living aboard a ship, making frequent day trips to Norwegian islands and glaciers. Lumans was at work on his first novel, whose plot involves the lives of a sailing crew in the Arctic as they come face-to-face with climate change-related incidents. 

(Photo courtesy of Lumans)

Lumans spoke further about the harsh beauty of the Arctic, including witnessing polar bears feasting on a freshly killed reindeer. To read more, see below:

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