June 2010

Justin Cronin reading

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Live From Prairie Lights
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reading

Eric Goodman—Transforming Life Into Art

June 15, 2010
Through what alchemy do writers take lived life and transform it into art? We all have stories to tell, something from our own life or the life of a loved one, which we believe would make a great short story or novel. All too often, however, when we try to write it down, it’s reduced to an anecdote which lies there on the page, lifeless as an empty glass. In this Elevenses, using failed and successful attempts from his own career, Eric Goodman will discuss techniques for breathing life into life as it becomes art.

Dr. Darlene McCord reading

Program: 
Live From Prairie Lights
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reading

Yiyun Li Discussion of the Vagrants with San Jose Mercury News

Recently, Mercury News correspondent Lynn Carey sat down with Writers' Workshop alumnus Yiyun Li to discuss her novel, The Vagrants. Li talks about her real-life experiences, including a field trip to public denunciations, that served as inspiration in writing the book. Li also discusses the reactions of her father, as well as other Chinese people to the novel.

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