Residencies are week-long, twice-yearly periods of intense study, in which all students and faculty gather at the Mountain View Grand Resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Summer Residency takes place in June, Winter Residency in January. Students arrive on a Sunday and leave the Sunday following.
Mornings at Residency, students divide into small groups to discuss one another's writing. These groups are known as Peer Workshops. Each peer workshop is led by two faculty members. After lunch, faculty give seminars on different points of craft, and then students attend talks and readings by visiting authors, editors and agents. In the early evening, each student meets one-on-one with his or her faculty mentor to devise an individualized curriculum for the coming semester. Students give short readings before dinner. After dinner, the faculty read from new work. Many critically acclaimed novels and oft-anthologized stories and essays made their debuts at Residency while works in progress.
During their time in the program, students complete four residencies, two winter, two summer. Each year, one cohort of students joins the program at January Residency and another cohort joins the program at June Residency.
2021 Winter Residency: January 10 - January 17
Application deadline: October 1, 2020
2021 Summer Residency: June 20 - June 27
Application deadline: April 30, 2021
Built in 1865, the Mountain View Grand overlooks the Presidential Range, and sits on 1,700 acres of pristine land.
The resort has a rich literary, artistic and political history. Charles Dickens spent several days there during an American tour, performing scenes from his novels, gaslights overhead, stage backlit with a muffled screen, windows open to moonlight and mountain breezes. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost and Norman Rockwell turn up on old guest registers, as do Betty Grable, Bette Davis, the Marx brothers, and presidents Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.
In summer there is hiking-one path offers views of Scottish highland cattle grazing-golf, tennis, and fishing. In winter there is ice-skating by day or night, and guests can travel the groomed trails on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a large gym, and a 17-seat movie theater. There is also a working farm, full of alpacas, goats, chickens and rabbits. The farm provides the hotel's eggs and vegetables, and produces a distinctive Mountain View Farm Blend of wool and yarn. Breakfast and dinner are serious buffets, and free. There are some pretty inexpensive lunch options.
For years, lore had it that the resort was the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining. That distinction belongs to the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, but the confusion is understandable.