But in the meantime, go read Shirley by MFA faculty member Susan Scarf Merrell!
Happy Rainy Friday!
…from The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do by Colin Nissan
KEEP IT TOGETHER
A writer’s brain is full of little gifts, like a piñata at a birthday party. It’s also full of demons, like a piñata at a birthday party in a mental hospital. The truth is, it’s demons that keep a tortured writer’s spirit alive, not Tootsie Rolls. Sure they’ll give you a tiny burst of energy, but they won’t do squat for your writing. So treat your demons with the respect they deserve, and with enough prescriptions to keep you wearing pants.
Read the rest at McSweeny’s Internet Tendency.
It’s finally Spring
Why don’t you get on this couch
and enjoy it with me?
Show up at a Writers Speak Wednesday sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literature and you never know what could go down.
When Rita Nezami arrived at a WSW featuring Debra Treisman, an editor from The New Yorker magazine, she left with the heady possibility that her translation of French author Ben Jelloun might be featured in the next TNY, the Holy Grail of writers everywhere.
The Stony Brook University lecturer and author never considered sending her translations to the The New Yorker. Treisman called upon Nezami during the post-reading Q&A, who introduced herself as a translator of French author Ben Jalloun and inquired about the New Yorker’s interest in translated works.
Treisman, a fellow Jelloun translator, encouraged Nezami to send her one of her translations. Par le feu/By Fire, http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2013/09/16/130916fi_fiction_benjelloun
a novella on the life and self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi that sparked the Arab Spring, was published in following TNY magazine issue.
Nezami was already a published writer in several U.S. and European journals including The Dirty Goat and Sojourn. However, her experience at WSW should encourage more writers to attend readings, not only to enrich their understanding of a writer’s work and process, but also to practice an important skill every writer who wishes to publish must develop: networking with fellow writers, agents, editors and publishers.
Nezami admits she was at the right place at the right time, but encourages writers to continue to believe, as she does that “good writing will eventually receive recognition.”
The Writers Speak series sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing and Literature offers free author talks, readings, and engaging interviews with a distinguished guest list of writers, editors and key players in the world of publishing. Offered in Southampton on Wednesdays and Manhattan on Mondays, all Writers Speak events are open to the public as well as students enrolled in the MFA programs in Creative Writing and Literature and in Theatre and Film.
Don’t miss the first WSW this spring on February 25 with Alexandra Styron, author of the highly acclaimed memoir, Reading my Father.
What a night! The first event hosted by the Student Organization for Southampton Arts (SOSA) was a success.
It was a terrific way for faculty and students to get to know one another through the reading of old stories, poems, and journal entries.
Last night’s event will be the first of many that aim to unite the entire MFA community—creative writers, filmmakers, and faculty—and the Southampton campus.
Thanks to all our readers, all our listeners, and everyone who contributed.
A book character reading a book about a character reading a book about a…
Matilda and Moby Dick.