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An Inside Look With Heather Houston, Seton Hill University ’16

Note: Thank you to first year contributor J.R. Dawson for providing me with these questions! How does your residency work and how it is paced? Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program (#SHUWPF) operates with two residencies a year – January and June. Our program is 2.5 years long. Six residencies and five ‘college terms’. Students start with a residency (where they are labeled as ONEs) and they end with a residency (where they are labeled SIXs). Winter Residency starts on a Friday night at 7pm with orientation. Summer residency starts on a Tuesday at the same time. One of the directors opens the program and we are told about the theme of the week. The theme for this January 2015 was “Why do you write?” Our residencies are broken up into three-hour blocks in the morning and the afternoon. The first morning the three-hour block is broken in half. The first 1.5 hours is a mixed class (meaning anyone from any class in the program) where we talk about the Common Reading for the residency. This …