Write around the corner
School’s back. Let the classes begin. Or continue, anyway. Since opening just before Memorial Day – that is, at the putative beginning of summer – The Write Place has offered a variety of classes. And the ones coming up will keep you writing until the cows come home – or maybe just in from the cold.
Nan Lundeen has authored two poetry collections: Black Dirt Days: Poems As Memoir and The Pantyhose Declarations. Her poetry has appeared in the College of Charleston’s Illuminations, Petigru Review, the Yemassee Literary Journal, Iowa Writes and The South Carolina Poetry Initiative. Her columns on writing have appeared in the U.K.’s Writing Magazine, the S.C. Writers Workshop Quill, and femalefirst.com. An award-winning journalist, she has written for the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Greenville News, Connecticut Post and others.
She’s about to release her handbook, Moo of Writing: How to Milk Your Potential. And it’s with that handbook that Nan will teach a four-part series that goes deep – even a little New Age deep – into writing and how to tap into everything you’ve got for your best pages ever.
“Cows are Zen masters,” her handbook says. “They’ve been known to utter the sound that is spelled mu rather than moo. Mu is a Zen koan, a phrase or a question that leads to contemplation. In writing, you relax and you work hard. Mu invites you to step aside and get out of your own way. When you stay out of your way, you find your way.”
Sounds udderly irresistible.
Nan’s workshops run every Wednesday in September. You can take one of them, all of them or any combination of the four. You can sign up for the first one here; the others – and the series – are on Eventbrite, too. Or stop by The Write Place any time from 2 until about 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays to reserve your spot. Seating’s limited, so get in while the grass is still green.
The Spy Who Loved My Poetry
Arthur McMaster used to work in the U.S. intelligence community. But he won’t tell you much more than that because, well … y’know.
Arthur’s also a poet, and his upcoming “op” is a Poetry Workshop. He’s inviting participants to bring two poems (keep ‘em to one page each, please), and he’s going to delve into the guts of what makes great poetry: sonics, compression, fresh use of language and other really technical stuff. But it’s great for beginning poets, too.
He’s got the juice. He’s a writing professor at Converse College, and he’s been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, as well as the also-prestigious James A. Hearst Prize.
His book, The Spy Who Came Down With A Cold (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2011, and his short fiction has appeared in such national journals and magazines as Zodiac Review, Main Street Rag and Wisconsin Review. AND, he’s a playwright.
Gruel for supper
If you’ve never read George Singleton – “the unchallenged king of the Southern comic short story” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – now’s your chance to see the Wofford creative-writing professor and former SC Governor’s School lit-whiz live and in person.
He reads from his hilarious works at Gringo’s Cantina, 11 W. Camperdown Way, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Many of his stories are set in the kinda-fictional town of Gruel. A tasty dish of small-town laughs. He’s a hell of an entertaining reader, too.
That’s part of the Emrys Reading Room series. Great fun. Cheap, too. Kind of like listening to a 1940s radio show. And Gringo’s has fantastic food with just-right margaritas.
Emrys, Part II
A hats-off welcome to Polly Gaillard, the new admin person hired at Emrys, the arts- and writer-centric organization that anybody who’s in to words should join. Polly’s a photographer, but, hey, since pictures are worth a thousand words, she’s perfect for Emrys, too.
The kids are all write
The Write Place occupies, for two afternoons/early evenings a week, a small, funky, space that everyone says, “Wow, this is really cool!” Located in the buzz-worthy Village of West Greenville, the space has been filling lately with all manner of writers doing all their imagineering … together. So far, drop-ins have included a woman whose Young Adult Fantasy novel could very well be the next Harry Potter (or something); two women whose Spoken Word poetry is about to turn into an All-Woman’s Spoken Word blockbuster event (stay tuned); and a would-be screenwriter with one hell of a great story idea (we’re not telling).
The biggest batch of all continues to be Greenville Creative Writers, a MeetUp Group that has adopted The Write Place as its meeting place after leaving downtown for cheaper (free!) parking. The group brings themes – and killer snacks. (Root beer float, anyone?) All ego-free and no calories … and their next meeting takes place at The Write Place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18
Bring Your Own …
Speaking of snacks, The Write Place is BYOB. There’s a ’fridge, too. Writers aren’t dreary people. (See: Hemingway – bullfights, absinthe, mojitos.)
The Upstate’s Hispanic population is exploding. And the rich cultural heritage of Latin America – artistic, historical, political – is finding a voice in the Upstate. The next Spanish Salon takes place 6:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 25.
The freewheeling discussions run bilingual, and folks are bringing poetry and short fiction, reading in English and Spanish, and providing an immense cultural service to the Anglo and Hispanic communities.
The play is … still … the thing
After two sold-out readings at The Warehouse Theatre, The Last Lynching gets an encore performance at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The event’s a reading, not a full-blown production, and it’ll feature a major revision of July’s script about the largest lynching trial that took place in Greenville in 1947.
Tickets are available here.
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