(photo by Roger Crowley)

It’s only day two of the July residency for the Writing for Children and Young Adult MFA track at Vermont College of Fine Arts and our schedule is so jam-packed we are going to have to find a time slot to squeeze in our exhaustion!
Margaret Bechard opened the ceremonies Monday afternoon by promptly passing the Director torch to Uma Krishnaswami. For her three years of loyal service, Bechard was rewarded with a crown, scepter and several gift cards to feed her soul. Shelley Tanaka gave the first lecture of the residency and bang! We were off and running.

This morning we posed for pictures — somehow our photographer managed to get everyone in the shot. He always does, no matter how much we wander.

Are you curious to know just exactly what is packing the schedule? More details will appear in later blog posts, but here’s just a sampling.
First of all, the graduating class is large. The Secret Gardeners number 32 strong. And while we’re thrilled for their success, that means 32 readings and lectures to try to attend. This is why we lost our sleep-in Sunday morning. Yep, Sunday morning now starts at 9:15. Breathless yet?
There’s also the alumni weekend underway… along with a fund-raising auction. A celebration of our 15th year as a program with the Board of Trustees on campus for a meet and greet. And, the awesome Marion Dane Bauer is making an appearance for faculty readings and to receive an Honorary Degree on Saturday! (Go Marion!)
Then, of course there’s the party – are you tired yet? Because who wants to miss the party, right? This year the theme is a Masquerade Ball — Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Even the Faculty speed dating seems like it’s coming so early – tomorrow! I better pay attention… before I know it, this residency will be over.
During the week, fellow Fourth Semester classmates (Dystropians) will spotlight some of the many changes, which have graced both the campus and the program this semester. Stay tuned!

Sheryl Scarborough is in her Fourth semester at VCFA.