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Writers on Craft on 12/22/11

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Suzanne LaGrande interviews poet Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas and Pulitzer prize winner Jennifer Egan.

Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus and the story collection Emerald City. In 2011, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In this interview with Suzanne LaGrande, Ms.

Writers on Craft on 11/17/11

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 11/17/2011 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
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Poet Jane Hirshfield discusses the craft of writing on a new show, Writers on Craft

Host Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield about the process of writing poetry and what she knows now about writing she didn't know when she first started. Ms.

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Writers on Craft: Anthony Doerr

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Writers on Craft
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Mon, 05/21/2012

Anthony Doerr is the author of four books, The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and, most recently, Memory Wall.

Doerr’s short fiction has won four O. Henry Prizes and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction.

In this interview, Mr. Doerr talks about writing as a process of trial and error, research as a seed, and failure as part of process of creative discovery.

For more about Mr. Doerr and his work, visit www.anthonydoerr.com

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Writers on Craft: Ted Katz

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Writers on Craft
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Tue, 03/13/2012

 In this interview, Suzanne LaGrande talks with painter and writer Ted Katz about the characteristics of creative people, the relationship between writing, painting and other forms of community, and the importance of getting lost.

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Writers on Craft: Maxine Hong Kingston

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Writers on Craft
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Tue, 03/13/2012

 Suzanne LaGrande interviews Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior, China Men, The Fifth Book of Peace, and most recently, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life. A teacher, as well as a writer, Ms. Kingston taught creative writing at UC Berkeley since 1981. Recently retired,  Ms. Kingston reflects on how she learned to write, what she taught her students about creative writing, and what she learned over the years about the process of writing.  

Writers on Craft: David Biespiel

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Mon, 01/23/2012

 Suzanne LaGrande  interviews poet David Biespiel.   In addition to founding the Attic Institute, a literary haven and think tank for writers, Mr. Biespiel recently published Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, a book about the creative process.  In this interview, Mr. Biespiel discusses what attracted him to poetry, why writers need to be good readers and his insights about creativity and the writing process. For more about the Attic Institute and his work, visit: http://atticwritersworkshop.com/ 

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Writers on Craft on 12/22/11

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 12/22/2011
 
Jennifer Egan is the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus and the story collection Emerald City. In 2011, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In this interview with Suzanne LaGrande, Ms. Egan talks about how and why she became a writer and some of the stumbling blocks she encountered along the way.

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas is a trilingual Mixtec poet. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from The School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. In this interview he talks about how he became a poet, language activism and the process of writing in three languages.

  • Length: 22:12 minutes (20.32 MB)
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Writers on Craft: Jane Hirshfield

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Writers on Craft
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Wed, 11/02/2011

 

Writers on Craft: Jane Hirshfield

Suzanne LaGrande interviews award-winning poet and translator Jane Hirshfield.  Ms. Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including After (HarperCollins, 2006); Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Lives of the Heart (1997), The October Palace (1994), Of Gravity & Angels (1988), and Alaya (1982). In 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets.

Her most recent collection of poetry, entitled Come, Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011), was just published this fall. 

In this interview, Suzanne LaGrande talks to Ms. Hirshfield about the process of writing poetry and what she knows now about writing she didn't know when she first started.

Writers on Craft: Jennifer Egan

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 10/27/2011

Writers on Craft: Jennifer Egan

 

Jennifer Egan is the author of A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, THE KEEP, LOOK AT ME, THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS and the story collection EMERALD CITY. In 2011, she won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. In this interview, she talks about how and why she became a writer and some of the stumbling blocks she encountered along the way.

Writers on Craft: Elissa Schappell

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 10/27/2011

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently,  Blueprints for Building Better Girls (Simon & Schuster) and Use Me (William Morrow), which was a finalist for the PEN Hemingway Award, a New York Times Notable Book and an Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is a founding editor of Tin House, where she is currently Editor-at-Large, a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the Hot Type book column, and formerly a Senior Editor of The Paris Review. In this interview she talks about the importance of creating structures for writing, going to the “dark places,” in her writing and the importance of writers working in the direction of their strengths.

Writers on Craft: Carolyn Conahan

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 10/27/2011

 Writers on Craft: Carolyn Conahan

Carolyn Conahan writes and illustrates her own stories, (most recently THE BIG WISH, published by Chronicle Books) She also illustrate books written by others, (such as BUBBLE HOMES and FISH FARTS, written by Fiona Bayrock, and THE DISCONTENTED GOPHER, written by L. Frank Baum) and is the staff illustrator for Cricket Magazine. At Wordstock this year she conducted a workshop entitled, Hit Me Again, I can take it! (Making the Most of Constructive Criticism). In this interview she talks about the craft of writing for children and also how writers can distinguish helpful from unhelpful criticism. For more about Ms. Conahan’s work:  http://www.carolyndigbyconahan.com/

Writers on Craft: Octaviano Merecias Cuevas

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Writers on Craft
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Thu, 10/27/2011

Writers on craft: Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas is a trilingual Mixtec poet. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from The School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. In this interview he talks about how he became a poet, language activism and the process of writing in three languages.

 

 

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