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Why Low-Residency?

We have heard it said that the best preparation for living the writing life is the low-residency format because it becomes its own structure.

The low-residency format prepares you for a self-directed writing life. While much creative work is done independently, you will find community here at Bennington. Twice a year, in January and June, Writing Seminars’ students and faculty gather on the Bennington campus for residencies, or virtually depending upon the ongoing world health situation. Students and faculty stay in houses on campus and take meals together in the College dining halls. What follows—10 intensive days of readings, lectures, craft sessions, workshops, musical events, seminars, and other activities—is a striking contrast to the six months of solitary work between residencies. Prepare to find your tribe––a vibrant one comprised of all ages, interests, and backgrounds.