The colleges are increasingly playing in the big leagues when it comes to behaving like proper writing programs. It seems like there are many more of these positions than there were when I was younger (and actually free enough of other obligations to take one), so things can’t be all bad. I was recently the WiR at Memorial University and it was a rewarding experience. Sadly, or happily, I am tied by family obligations to this city and can’t really go further afield to meet new writers. Thankfully they grow like mushrooms here.