Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm teaching at the Hugo House Write-O-Rama on Sat, Dec 5th.

I'll be teaching at the Hugo House Write-O-Rama on Saturday,
December 5th, along with a slew of swell writing teachers. My class is called Postcard Secrets, and will be offered twice, at 3pm and at 4pm.

Postcard Secrets; 3 and 4 p.m.
This is a three-part exercise. The first part is to write as the person who sent the postcard. The second is to write as the person who received the postcard. The third part is a secret—to be revealed only in the workshop.

from the Hugo House Write-O-Rama site:
"Write-O-Rama is a full day of more than 40 one-hour workshops offered by our creative writing teachers to anyone who wants to write...Write-O-Rama is a benefit for Hugo House. The registration fee is $45...Write-O-Rama is an all day event, but you can come for any part of it. No preregistration required; just drop in."

Richard Hugo House is located on Capitol Hill.
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Robertson Davies 1913-1995

"To ask an author who hopes to be a serious writer if his work is autobiographical is like asking a spider where he buys his thread."

-Robertson Davies, The Merry Heart.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Naming the World

Naming the World, edited by Brett Anthony Johnston, is a collection of writing essays and writing exercises, and I'm working my way through it, looking for the good stuff to steal for my own classes. Attributive stealing, so when I assign a prompt, I say, "and this is from Abby Thomas, who writes great memoir" or "from Aimee Bender, fantastic fiction," or "Liz Strout, swell novelist."

I particularly like Liz Strout's chapter on Point of View.
"I have always been interested in the fact that if six people are sitting in a room, whatever happens in that room, it is experienced in six different ways. Each response, of course, has to do with the character of the person involved and this combination - character and point of view - is what interests me most in writing."


Saturday, November 07, 2009

Charles Baxter on subtext

"Obsession and congested subtexts have a tendency to enmesh and co-opt innocent bystanders, who have only common sense with which to combat mania."

from The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot.


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Nadine Gordimer

"Powers of observation heightened beyond the normal imply extraordinary disinvolvement: or rather the double process, excessive preoccupation and identification with the lives of others, and at the same time a monstrous detachment...The tension between standing apart and being fully involved: that is what makes a writer."

-Nadine Gordimer, Introduction, Selected Stories.


Monday, November 02, 2009

Jack Straw writers at the Central Library on Sat, Nov 7, at 2 pm

Come hear the Jack Straw writers read at the Central Library on Saturday, November 7th, 2-3:30 pm. The readers are Lana Hechtman Ayers, Anna Bálint, Rachel Dilworth, Alma García, Laura Hirschfield, Kim-An Lieberman, Priscilla Long, Michael Magee, Madeline Ostrander, and Storme Webber.

The reading is free. Parking under the Central Library is available for $5.

"The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio, to encourage the creation of new literary work, and to provide new venues for the writer and their work. The program was created in 1997. Each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers."