Andrew Gray, our fearless leader over at the Optional Residency Creative Writing MFA at UBC, just sent out the heads-up about this year’s residency in Vancouver in July. This is the first time in four years that I won’t be writing back immediately to book a spot. I feel quite bereft.  I mean, it’s a good thing because (presumably) I’m graduating in May and have no more courses to take, but still…! It’s the end of an era and it feels like one.

To assuage my sorrow, I might go to the Fernie Writers’ Conference. Or, hopelessly, apply for Bread Loaf. Or head to South Africa for the World Cup!