Insomnia taught me how to create believable characters for fiction. Even at age seven, I never readily fell asleep after my enforced bed time. Without adult definitions of “good” vs. “bad,” it never occurred to me that not sleeping was a problem. Which is how my earliest fictional characters were born. I grew up in […]
Once upon a time is the gate to the entire world. The Velveteen Rabbit was one of those magic stories that saved my life. I remember the line drawings of the Bunny all alone on the hill, splashes of muted pastel colors behind him. The Bunny was so loved by the Boy that his fur was […]
For most of my career I have used a recorder to dictate my writing as I hike trails in mountains or forests (or bike trails or river walks…just about anywhere I want to be). Writing, walking, immersing myself in the story without the “middle man” of the computer and keyboard, makes me much more productive. […]
“As with most first-book poets, the farther Franco gets from himself, the better his work tends to be.” That’s a sentence from David Orr’s review (mixed) in July’s New York Times Book Review of James Franco’s (yes, the movie actor’s) new book of poems. I’m not sure if it’s true or not (I mean of first-book […]
When we study fiction writing, we talk about conflict as a means to plot and we talk about tension being integral to scene and dialogue. So in workshop stories, we see a lot of breakups, a lot of arguments, even the occasional war story. We watch characters deal with death and loss and illness and […]
“These poems are restless. They describe concisely her themes of geographic dislocation and without saying it outright, she zeros in on a universal wish to belong. As the poems inhabited place after place, I kept wanting to know where they would lead. Nelson’s poems, idiosyncratic i...
*Remember to book your hotel accommodations as soon as possible before they fill up! Check back soon for an updated list of available options. The Conference Site The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing hosts the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in Arizona State University’s…
Briefly consider a Venn Diagram of yourself, Margaret Atwood, and climate fiction. Can you phrase the overlap in that Venn Diagram in the form of a question? If you can, follow @PiperWriters on Twitter, and then tweet your question using the hashtag: #ClimateFutures. If your question makes the cut, Miss Atwood may respond to it during her Q&A session this evening! ... See MoreSee Less
A note to all those attending (or all those with tickets to) the Margaret Atwood event tomorrow:
LECTURE ARRIVAL & SEATING Seating for this event is general admission. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. So that we may begin the lecture promptly at 7:00 p.m., we will begin admitting wait list and walk-up attendees at 6:45 p.m. Please be seated by 6:40 p.m. to ensure your seat(s).
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For additional questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480)727-2704. We look forward to seeing you at the Herberger Theater on the evening of November 5.
Internationally renowned novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will visit Arizona State University this November to discuss the relationship between art and science and the importance of creative writing and imagination for addressing social and environmental challenges. In this lect…
Insomnia taught me how to create believable characters for fiction. Even at age seven, I never readily fell asleep after my enforced bed time. Without adult definitions of “good” vs. “bad,” it never occurred... Continue Reading
Once upon a time is the gate to the entire world. The Velveteen Rabbit was one of those magic stories that saved my life. I remember the line drawings of the Bunny all alone on... Continue Reading