Molly Prosser is the Copy Lead for eBay North America. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Carlow University where she taught Literature, Marketing Writing, and Communications. Her work has appeared in various publications including Weave Magazine, Blast Furnace, Sugared Water, and Soundings Review. Prosser is the author of Rubbernecking, a book of poetry. She currently lives in Oakland, CA.
Did the retreat meet your expectations?
Absolutely. I wanted a peaceful, cozy atmosphere to focus on my writing, and that is exactly what I got!
What was the most unexpected part of your stay?
I didn't expect the apartment to be so nice - the pictures don't do it justice! It was beautiful.
What was the most enjoyable aspect of your retreat?
The most enjoyable aspect of the retreat was the absolute solitude. There were no interruptions, no distractions.
Did the vineyard setting inspire you and/or your writing?
The quiet privacy put me in the mindset to research and try a brand new genre.
What did you work on during the retreat?
I typically write poetry, but I used this retreat to work on my first screenplay.
What other activities did you do during the retreat—any napping, hiking, or exploring the local area?
I would get up early each morning to hike in the Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve. It was a glorious way to get the creativity flowing!
Any tips or advice you think might be helpful for future residency applicants?
Have goals for what you want to achieve during the week, but be willing to reset your expectations. The time alone will allow you to reflect, and you might want to abandon your original plans for the week. I would suggest putting a loose schedule together at the beginning of the residency so that there are some clear blocks of time for work - and for relaxation!
Can you sum up your experience in eight to ten words?
Meaningful, purpose-driven reflection and time to take creative risks.