Scott Driscoll is teaching a class, “Character Workshop” at Richard Hugo House this spring. He took some time to answer some questions for us.
What is the title of your class?
People should take this class because?
The heart of story is character, and it has often been said that character is desire. So, great. Such a sweet little aphoristic nugget. What really does that mean? If you’re curious, you should take this class.
Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
By the time class starts I will have a blog going and soon thereafter an author Facebook page.
What are you reading right now?
The Visible World (Slouka), Cloud Atlas (Mitchell), Out Stealing Horses (Petterson), Gulag Voices (Applebaum), Best American Short Stories.
What excites you about the material you’re teaching?
It forces me to think more carefully about how I develop characters in my own work.
What do you like best about teaching at Hugo House?
I like the opportunity to meet people as excited about the subject as I am. Also, anything to promote good writing and thoughtful reading in this world of electronic disturbances.
What book(s) made you want to write?
Sam Beckett’s Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnameable
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Learn form and write to form.
If you could have coffee with any author living or dead, who would it be?
What’s your favorite book? If you could pair it with a glass of wine or a pint of beer, what would you choose?
Tony Judt’s Postwar, a hearty Brunello; Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop, both with saucy IPA, Isherwood’s Berlin Stories with something more wild (something I don’t drink anymore); and Kafka’s The Trial and Hasek’s Good Soldier Svejk with plenty of Slivovice.