The Vermont Adventure – day four

Another beautifully sunny day in Montpelier. I wish summer were like this in Virginia.


Today was another workshop day in which my piece and the work of one other student were discussed. I received very favorable feedback and so did the other student. The critique process is extremely informative and helpful, no matter whose work is discussed. If you are thinking of attending VCFA or any other low-residency writing program, be prepared to give some in depth analysis of the work of other students.

William Alexander gave a thought-provoking lecture on the shape of stories, which will definitely influence a lot of the students to rethink their stories.

There are faculty readings again tonight, and the first, second, third, and fourth semester students will again have breakout groups for sharing their own work.

About Til Turner

Til is a writer, artist, and musician living in the Shenandoah Valley. He is an associate professor in the Language Arts and Social Sciences division at Northern Virginia Community College and is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Art with an MFA in Creative Writing. Til has published poetry online and is currently trying to publish a middle-grade fantasy/adventure novel. Please feel free to visit his instructional website at
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