I just found out that I was not accepted into Hedgebrook’s residency next year. I cannot even express how much I wanted to go and get away, do some writing without distraction. Boo-hoo. I really thought I had a chance. My application (I felt) was strong. I spent days on each answer… sometimes I really don’t know what they want from you. Do they want you to pour your guts out and tell them your life story? How you were abused as a kid, knocked up as a teen, lived in a shelter, did drugs, and then turned your life around because of your writing? Just kidding (on most, anyway). Maybe I need to be a little bit more forthcoming in my application responses.
Anyway, I’m very disappointed, but I will not give up. I will apply again in 2013. By the way, my rejection was completely generic, so I probably didn’t even make the second round of cuts or even some sort of wait list!