I’ll be teaching a workshop on historical fiction 11:30-12:45 on June 1
called “Delving into the Past” (come prepared to wrestle an idea into
submission and build a loose outline for a novel) and later that day
from 1 to 2 I’ll be giving a Shop Talk where I’ll read a bit of my work
and discuss it.
A few highlights at SummerWords to look out for:
* “An Evening with T.C. Boyle” on May 31
* The release of Michael Spurgeon’s novel Let the Water Hold Me
Down (each attendee will be given a copy!) Michael and I both
attended the same small college in Maine—Colby—and the same
graduate program at UA Tucson. Now we both live in the greater
Sacramento area. Uncanny coincidences, and it was wonderful to
meet with him a few months ago and share anecdotes from these
shared academic experiences, although we hadn’t known each other
at the time. I’m a little…cough…older than him.
* An incredible, diverse array of poets and novelists and even a
literary agent! Names that may ring a bell are Anthony Swofford,
whose book Jarhead I used as a text when teaching Critical Thinking
at Bay Area community colleges, his wife Christa Parravani whose
memoir Her was just released this month and is receiving a lot of
buzz, and Christian Kiefer, whose novel The Infinite Tides has also
received a lot of attention. I’m excited to meet the other incredible
sounding writers I see listed on the colloquium’s website.
It sounds like the attention will be on workshops for this sessions,
so writers should definitely check it out. And for readers, there will
be shop talks and plenty of opportunities to hear wonderful work.
Tickets are only $95 for four days of “panels, workshops, readings
and talks with writers and poets of regional and national prestige.”
To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit http://www.arc.
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