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By ww2bw on April 30, 2013
We’re coming to you, Eugene. Eric Olsen will present “Pumping Irony: Pros on Prose (and Running)” at the Willamette Writers Speakers Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, OR. Looking forward to meeting virtual friends Valerie Brooks and Tom Titus and lots of other northern neighbors. Hope to see you there.
By Eric on April 29, 2013
. . . Or Maybe Not By Eric Olsen A recent New York Times column by Scott Turow, the attorney, novelist, and head of the Author’s Guild, is titled “The Slow Death of the American Author.” I was tempted to skip it, since pundits of one sort or another have for centuries been going on […]
By Eric on April 26, 2013
Looking Ahead By Eric Olsen In a couple previous posts, I argued that the disaggregation (or disintegration) of the traditional, highly centralized publishing biz that mediates between the writer and reader will lead to the disaggregation (or disintegration) of the traditional, college-based writers’ workshop, the “Iowa model,” as it’s sometimes called. Or these changes in […]
By ww2bw on April 24, 2013
W.L Taylor is a retired school administrator. He currently lives in Palm Springs, California. Death in a Fair Place, published by Stillpoint Digital Press, is his first novel. This episode takes place early in the novel. Lily Baxter, Associate Head of the Pemberly Oaks School, and Blake Carter, Chief Financial Office, meet up with […]
By Eric on April 19, 2013
As usual, I have a number of books by the bed, some I’ve read and left on the shelf, some I plan to read, and a couple I’m reading now. The Long Ships, by Frans Bengtsson (New York Review of Books, 2010): This is one of the books by my bed that I’ve just […]
By Eric on April 18, 2013
Conflicting Views By Eric Olsen In my previous post, I talked about the panel discussion I moderated at the AWP meeting in Boston titled “What We Wish We’d Known.” Panelists included four Iowa Writers’ Workshop grads — my classmates Jane Smiley and Doug Unger, and a couple grads from a generation later — Vu Tran […]
By ww2bw on April 16, 2013
Awesome online lit mag and writers’ resource Talking Writing posted a solicitation for writers to contribute to our “Books by the Bed” series. Their cool factor—already in the stratosphere—just multiplied exponentially. We’re talking thermosphere, at least!
By Eric on April 16, 2013
Can Workshops Change with the Times? By Eric Olsen Is the standard model of the writers’ workshop at all relevant any longer? I’m starting to have my doubts. I think the disaggregation (or disintegration if you prefer) of the traditional publishing biz is going to lead inevitably to the disaggregation (or disintegration) of the standard […]
By Cheryl on April 9, 2013
Cheryl has a guest post on Victoria Johnson’s site (<— a wonderland of creativity, tips for writers, and good reads!) about her writing space—Olsen clutter digitally captured. Check it out.
By ww2bw on April 8, 2013
Kathryn Leigh Scott, best known for creating the role of Josette Du Pres, vampire bride to Barnabas Collins in the classic TV show “Dark Shadows,” is also an author and publisher of a wide range of entertainment and industry books. On the surface, her second novel is a breezy chicklit melange of romance and mystery featuring a […]