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Classy Talk with Rebecca Brown

Posted Sat, 12/21/2013 - 1:27am by  |  Category:

What is the title of your class?
Writing Very Short Stories: An Intensive

People should take this class if…
…they want to explore intersections between poetryand prose,fiction nonfiction and see how form can lead us to approach content we might be unable to approach if we arepresented with just a plain ol’ blank page.

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
You can read the public portion of my Facebook page, but I do not not “friend” students while they are taking my classes.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?  
Yes. Google THE STRANGER: REBECCA BROWN for lots of  articles. I am also the author of a dozen books, many of which are available at brick ‘n’ mortar stores, the library, or online.

What’s your teaching philosophy?  
Love the material, love the work, love helping students figure out the cool things they are capable of writing. 

If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
Novel: Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.  Story: Joyce’s The Dead.  Poem: “Love Dog” by Rumi.

What are you currently working on?  
A collection of short parables/prose poems and voices; a collection of essays; revising Monstrous, a performance piece I did in December at New City Theater.

If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be?  
If you want to write, write. Don’t talk and theorize it about til the cows come home; put the words on the page and revise revise revise. Don’t try to plan a “career.” Just write what you need to. And if you don’t need to write, don’t. 

What do you like best about Hugo House?  
Community, the fact that its mission remains true (a place for readers and writers and that its programs and membership base continue to evolve and change and grow. It’s ALIVE.)

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?  
Just read Flannery O’Connor’s Prayer Journal: Red wine. Shusako Endo’s Deep River: sake.