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Classy Talk with Wilson Diehl

Posted Sat, 12/21/2013 - 1:11am by  |  Category:

What is the title of your class? 
Stories Are Everywhere

People should take this class if… 

…they want to experience the mind-blowing awesomeness of discovering they can write a great personal essay about something as mundane as that time you watched a moth die. Or that time you left the party early. Or that time you had a nose bleed. Or…

Can your students connect with you on social media? If so, how?
I prefer communicating via carrier pigeon.

Are any of your works online and available to the public?
My website. Click on the “publications” tab.

What’s your teaching philosophy?
Have fun.

If you could only bring one novel, story, or poem to a deserted island, which would you bring and why?
I’d bring a book of really difficult-to-parse personal essays to keep my thoughts off of my desire to eat my leg. I’m stranded there, right? Why else would I be on a deserted island? Is this a vacation? If it’s a vacation, I’d bring a juicy memoir — something involving abandoned faith, drug addiction, or the Sedaris family.

What are you currently working on?
A memoir about being a pregnant, ambivalent bride.

If there was one piece of advice you could give an aspiring writer, what would it be? 
Buy a laptop.

What do you like best about Hugo House? 
The names of the mixed drink specials! The candy dispenser! The winsome staff! 

What are you reading now? If you could pair it with a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), what would you choose?
Not That Kind of Girl, a memoir by Carlene Bauer (red wine) and David Cross’s I Drink for a Reason (strong coffee).