Each month The Writers Place brings locally and nationally known writers to present their poetry and prose in the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series. In May we welcome Marc Hudson and Melissa Fite Johnson.
Tuesday, May 16th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Central Resource Library - Carmack Community Room
"For true contentment, one must carry a book at all times."
~Michael Chabon, Manhood for Amateurs
It makes sense that a collection of autobiographical essays by a Pulitzer prize-winning author would include a few thoughts on writing. The act of writing is far from the theme of Michael Chabon's book on family and gender roles, but comments on it are present. Aside from the quote above, two passages in particular speak to the process of artistic creation.
This weeks starter comes directly from one of my favorite podcasts, Writing Excuses. Each week several writers talk about one aspect of craft. From point of view, to pacing, to developing style these writers spend fifteen minutes, sometimes with a guest, offering instruction and sharing their approaches. And the best part is they end each episode with an assignment based on the lesson.
Here at Read Local we're always on the lookout for insightful words about writing. Sarah Manguso's latest book, 300 Arguments, contains quite a few. At its most basic level, the book is a collection of aphorisms. And, since Manguso is a professional writer and writing teacher, some cover that topic. Here are a few to mull over:
Write a list of your top five most desirable artifacts from anywhere in the world. Then describe what it is about each of them that so draws you in.
Hint: This isn't about wanting and possessing, it's about understanding your passions and using that understanding to direct yourself toward those things that represent significance.
Amy Engel was born in Kansas. Over the next couple of decades, she boomeranged around the world – to Iran and back to Kansas City, to Taiwan and back to Kansas City, from the University of Kansas to Georgetown University in Washington D.C., and finally back to Kansas City. Phew! With a law degree in hand, she worked for ten years as a criminal defense attorney.
In honor of National Poetry month, this weeks prompt will use poetry as a jumping off point for a new story.
In this world of ever-increasing digitization, self-expression has largely gone online. Books and other artistic works are shared in electronic formats. Socializing happens through networked media. Magazines, newspapers, and other serial paper publications are struggling to maintain readership.