Charlie's coming to town Wordstock) in November, I'm so happy. I know I'll only get to see him for a minute or two, but hey, it's better than nothing. Do I sound smitten? You bet I am.
I workshopped with Charles Baxter last month at Tin House, and only now can I begin to talk about it. He began each day with a half hour craft lecture. I took notes, and typed them all up and I read and re-read them. Some of the information is in his newest book The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot.
It was a mixed group and Charlie was helpful and brilliant with all the stories and chapters, not just the ones that were obviously well-written and emotionally exciting. All of the work. ALL. Amazing.
Okay. Guess I really can't talk sensibly about working with Charlie yet. Oh wait, here's an example. During our private conference on my story I found myself talking about a line near the end just as if it were a published story, or a story by someone else. And I was excited by what I had found. And so was he.