Archive | March, 2012

AWP Nugget: Finding the RIGHT Voice(s)

AWP, CHICAGO: “As a beginning writer I was told to find my voice,” as if it were something lost, Sue William Silverman said at a Friday AWP panel titled “Containing Multitudes: Shifting Voices in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.” “Was it under the bed?” Then Sue–author of the best-selling memoirs Because I Remember Terror, Father, I […]

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AWP Nugget: Immersion Writing

AWP, CHICAGO: Egads. I’m here to learn, but I wasn’t expecting to find myself facing fundamental questions about my work-in-progress. I do live a life open to possibility, however, and you can’t always control how possibility will manifest. Allow me to back up a bit. I attended a Friday morning AWP panel titled “The Writer […]

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AWP Nugget: Margaret Atwood on Art and Craft

AWP, CHICAGO: Margaret Atwood’s books are works of art built though painstaking craft. The same can be said of the remarkable Auditorium Theatre at Chicago’s Roosevelt University, the setting for her keynote address here at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference Thursday night. The Auditorium Theatre is from another age, a gilded […]

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AWP Nugget: Selling Out Everyone You Love (in Brevity)

AWP, CHICAGO: Does a writer of memoir–or even a fiction writer painting true stories in camouflage–invariably sell out friends and loved ones? Five nonfiction writers wrestled with that topic here at the first day of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference. I summarized the panel for the Brevity blog; you can find […]

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