Yearly Archives: 2014

Fall writing workshop at Gotham

DSCN5685September, to me, is the true beginning of the year for writers. Summer is over, you’re back from vacation, kids are back at school, and you’re ready to focus on your work again. I’ve been teaching Jumpstart Your Writing at Gotham Writers Workshop for a bunch of years. This fall the class begins on Sept. 15. Click here to learn more. If you have questions for me, email me at penonfire at earthlink dot net. It’s a 10-week class that’s sure to jumpstart your writing.

Pen on Fire Speaker Series resumes

On Tuesday, July 14, at Scape Gallery in Corona del Mar, the Pen on Fire Speaker Series resumes, featuring novelists Seth Greenland and Diana Wagman who will discuss their new novels and talk about the art and business of writing. Laguna Beach Books will be on hand selling books. There will be nibbles and sips, and the opportunity to speak personally with the authors. If you’ve never been to a Speaker Series event, you will love spending a literary evening with writers and artists and other interesting people. Check out the schedule, and register, Wagmansethgreenland

Michael Paterniti and Marian Palaia on Writers on Writing

Essayist Michael Paterniti, author of Love and Other Ways of Dying, joins Marrie Stone to discuss writing tragedy, how he finds doors into human emotion, what makes a compelling essay, and creating the narrative voice in nonfiction.  In the second half, Marian Palaia discusses her novel, The Given World.   She discusses Vietnam, creating fictional characters from real people, the common pitfalls of new writers, and how her MFA transformed her work.

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(Broadcast date: April 29, 2015)