In “A Room of One’s Own: Writer’s Retreats and Residencies,” Pat Valdata will discuss how to select a residency or retreat from the many hundreds of possibilities that are available nationwide as well as overseas; how to use your time productively, if you are fortunate enough to be admitted to one; and how to find creative alternatives if you can’t attend a traditional residency.
About the Writer
Pat Valdata is an award-winning poet and novelist with an MFA in writing from Goddard College. She has twice received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2013 she was awarded a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Thanks to this grant and residency, she completed the manuscript for a book of poetry that was awarded the 2015 Donald Justice Prize. Her award-winning manuscript, Where No Man Can Touch, was published in June 2015. That same year she received a Raveel Grant toward a two-week residency at the Dickinson House in Olsene, Belgium, which she attended in September 2015.
Her publications include the poetry book Inherent Vice and the poetry chapbook Looking for Bivalve, both published by Pecan Grove Press. Her first novel, Crosswind, was published in 1997 by Wind Canyon Books. Her second novel, The Other Sister, won a gold medal from the Hungarian Association’s Árpád Academy.
Valdata’s work has appeared in literary magazines including Ecotone, Italian Americana, Little Patuxent Review, Passager, and The Raintown Review, as well as the anthology Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press 2012). She has also written feature articles for the magazines Chesapeake Bay, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Soaring, and Women in Aviation.
A native of New Jersey, Pat lives in Crisfield, Maryland. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where she teaches creative writing.