I spent each Monday night this past summer, and the summer before, in the aptly named Summer Workshop. Basically, a small group of folks from my MFA program committed to weekly meetings, for which we would read two or three pieces, and then gather at a different home each week to critique, comment, and/or celebrate (but mostly critique). This is pretty much what we do all year long as graduate students, and you might think we'd welcome a break for workshop, but you'd be wrong. I love workshop, and Summer Workshop is special. Not only did we drink beers and share snacks, but we also encouraged each other to keep writing, keep submitting, and occasionally get published.
We always ended each workshop with Recommendations - that is, everyone would recommend something they thought the rest of us should experience. Katie kept track of our recommendations, and earlier this week she created an awesome poster, showing everything we'd shared and found delightful. I love it - it's a sweet reminder of a great summer, and perfectly captures the variety of personalities I'm lucky enough to know. Katie gave me permission to post it here, and I hope y'all enjoy it half as much as I do.
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Until next summer. <3