Where Rivers Change Direction

The Fruit of Stone

An Unfinished Life

Bone Fire

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Descriptions of lectures:
The Necessity of Beginner's Mind
Discusses the balance maintained between a writer's private and public selves, or to paraphrase Dorothy Parker, looking at the differences between "being a writer and wanting to have written." For most writers, it entails a shift in focus between the process and the product.
• read an excerpt from The Necessity of Beginner's Mind

The Final Edit
Reviews the last several passes a writer makes through his or her manuscript—specifically, the choices made in scene progression, narrative tension, the elimination of exposition, and the reworking of sentences for rhythm and cadence.
• read an excerpt from The Final Edit

On Reading and Writing
Discusses the importance of reading books and most especially the people who act as a conduit to bring books into the lives of others.
• read an excerpt from On Reading and Writing