Missing the spaces on campus where you could comfortably show up as yourself? Missing meaningful, spontaneous social interactions that all add up to feeling connected and a part of? While there is so much diversity in who we are and how we show up in the world as Amherst students, we are all going through the shared experience of college in the pandemic... Which for sophomores, is a shared experience of college away from college. Which is why we are creating a space for Amherst sophomores (and any other students, on or off-campus who want in!) that will reinvent the Val-sit, go further then a cross-quad hello, and overcome all the space between us. Take the Leap 2.0 is an every-other-week virtual meet-up throughout Spring 2021 that will create connection amidst the distance, find meaning in our and others’ experiences, and continue building the friendships and memories that college is made of.
Join us for a virtual independent residency in creative writing. Modeled on writers’ and artists’ colonies like MacDowell, Yaddo and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop, this program offers you the opportunity to devote attention to your fiction, poetry, dramatic writing or creative nonfiction in a supportive environment. Participants will have opportunities for collaborative structured writing and the freedom to choose between social and independent writing each day. Participants are welcome to work on either new or existing projects. And for participants seeking guidance, instruction or simply feedback on their work, we'll offer one-on-one mentoring sessions with program leaders. At the end of the program, we'll come together for a virtual community reading, during which we'll share work produced during the residency. We will meet via Zoom and Google docs from 1pm to 4pm (EST) on February 3rd-5th and February 8th and 9th. The residency is led by writing center associates Roy Andrews and Emily Merriman. Please register via the link below.