Ok Chicagoish-ites. Here’s your chance to make the trip REALLY worthwhile. We will be giving away three copies of We Wanted to Be Writers at the end of our panel discussion Friday, March 2 (details below, extracted from the AWP official schedule). For a chance to win one of them, all you have to do is comment in the box at the end of this post. A simple “I want one of your awesome books” or something equally endearing will do. Extra bonus: Books will be signed by the panelists: Jane Smiley, Douglas Unger, Sherry Kramer, Gordon Mennenga (all of whom were interviewed for the book) and author Eric Olsen. Indexer Cheryl Olsen will sign that section on request.
Comments must be posted by midnight March 1 EST to be eligible. Names will be drawn at the event. Must be present to win.
F214. Friday March 2, 3 – 4:15 p.m. The Creative Process: Can it be Taught? Or Will Chicken Soup Do?
(Eric Olsen, Sherry Kramer, Gordon Mennenga, Jane Smiley, Douglas Unger)
Crystal Room, Palmer House Hilton, 4th Floor
Can writing be taught? You’d think the question had been asked and answered (in the affirmative) long ago. Yet on April 7 on the PBS NewsHour, the director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Lan Samantha Chang, said: “I sometimes feel if I just brought [students] to the room and fed them some chicken soup, they would get better anyway. The elements that go into creating a great writer are completely mysterious.” We’ll explore the mysteries, the if and how, and whether chicken soup will do.