In which I teach the rules of writing…

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

-W. Somerset Maugham

I have the pleasure of teaching in two very special capacities this Spring and Summer.  First will be a visit to Ithaca, New York for the inaugural year of Ithaca College’s “New Voices Festival,” organized by the uber-talented Eleanor Henderson and Chris Holmes.  During what promises to be an exciting week, I will guest lecture and do readings and no doubt overuse the word amazing, as I am wont to do.  Please see my EVENTS page for more details.  

A few years ago I spent some time writing in Ithaca and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the world.  My childhood best girlfriends came up to visit and we discovered truck graveyards, gleaming gyms, great food, friendly hippies, an Art parade, wineries, lakes and these things called “gorges,” which are…well, lovely.  Just look at this beautiful tractor!  (Please remember I am a city girl and we do not have beautiful tractors in the city.)


In July I’ll be returning to lead workshops for the third year of One Story’s Writers Workshop.  This intensive week of class, lectures and panels was my (and Michael Pollock’s) baby when I was the Associate Editor for One Story, and I love participating every year.  If you are an emerging (people hate the word emerging but I don’t mind it as I think we are all still emerging until we stop emerging, that is to say, die) writer who is wondering: how on earth do I put together a career out of these scribbles I love so much, consider joining us at The Center for Fiction this July.  For more information, here is a silly blog I wrote about it  after the completion of the first year, in which I overuse the word amazing.

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