Cover Photo: This photograph shows a woman sitting up in bed inside a cabin. She has a huge window next to the bed that looks out into a snowy forest.
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How to Set Yourself Up for Success at Your Writing Residency

This guide is meant for writers who are dreaming of getting away to write—and addresses the anxiety many of us feel when we finally get that treasured chunk of time.

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Allow some time to ease in:

Set intentions and define your goals:howBarn at Boyds Mills

This photograph is a picture of the index card on which Nancy wrote her intentions for the week. They include: "I am giving my work the time and focus it deserves. I will read and write and think as quickly or slowly as I want. I am here for the writing. Everything else can wait. WRITE FIRST."
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Establish a rhythm for your residency:

Closing it out:

Nancy Reddy is the author of the poetry collections Pocket Universe and Double Jinx, and co-editor of The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. Her essays have appeared in Slate, Poets & Writers, Romper, The Millions, and elsewhere. The recipient of grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, she teaches writing at Stockton University. She writes the newsletter Write More, Be Less Careful about why writing is hard and how to do it anyway.