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Upcoming Events

January 28th, 2013 | Blog, Events, Paulette's Workshops, Stanford | 2 Comments

Just another day of frolicking in Key West

Just another day of frolicking in Key West

I confess.  I’ve been frolicking in Key West, attending the Key West Literary Seminar and teaching a short story workshop, escaping some very cold January temps in Minnesota. Tomorrow I head back to the frozen north, where the forecast is for a balmy 34 (above), and then down to minus thirteen by Thursday night. Oof-dah.  Beautiful full moon tonight over the water . . .

Moving on, I wanted to let you know about a few upcoming events:

This Thursday, Jan. 31st,  I’m doing a guest post on Jungle Red Writers, … Read More

Hearing Martin Amis at Stanford

May 21st, 2012 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Novel Authors, Stanford | 7 Comments

Martin Amis at Stanford, may 2012

Martin Amis at Stanford, May, 2012

When Jeff and I were in Palo Alto on a recent trip, I wanted to visit the Creative Writing Department again, where I had been a Stegner Fellow and taught creative writing for three years back in the early 70s.  Alas, it had moved, which didn’t seem right, but only around to the front of the quad facing Palm Avenue, rather than being housed in the inner quad.  At least it was still in one of the old, original sandstone buildings.

Inside we saw a small sign announcing that there would be a colloquium … Read More

A Nostalgic Visit to Stanford, May, 2012

May 15th, 2012 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Stanford, Wallace Stegner | 9 Comments


Memorial Church, Stanford

Stanford Memorial Church

I just got back from a wonderful week in California, taking a trip down memory lane as part of celebrating (and taking the sting out of) my 65th birthday.

I’ve been back to Palo Alto and Stanford a number of times since I moved away in the fall of 1974.  But there was something special about returning to the scene of my youth just as I was turning 65.  I went to Stanford right after I graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1969, as a twenty-two year old Stegner Fellow, got my Master’s Read More

Wallace Stegner’s Thoughts on Teaching Creative Writing

July 28th, 2011 | Blog, Craft, Process, Stanford, Wallace Stegner | 1 Comment

In a comment on my recent post called “Shape in Writing,” Chris Roberts writes that he “is amused when writers try to ‘teach’ writing.  The best writing is done intuitively, absent constructs and dictates.”

As I pondered Chris’s intriguing thoughts, they brought to mind a little book called On the Teaching of Creative Writing, a series of questions posed to Wallace Stegner, who was one of my writing professors at Stanford, along with his responses.  I hadn’t intended to post anything again about Mr. Stegner, having just written about him on a recent post (July 6), but the idea Read More

A Wallace Stegner Reminiscence

July 6th, 2011 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Stanford, Wallace Stegner | 2 Comments

Stegner in 1969

A friend who lives in Palo Alto sent me an article a few weeks ago about the proposed demolition of Wallace Stegner’s house and writing studio in Los Altos Hills. Seems a couple had bought the property and intended to build a two story house there.  Then recently I read on-line that the Historical Preservation something-or-other had sent a letter to Los Altos requesting an environmental review due to the home’s significance, which will delay the couple’s plans.

I have no dog in this fight, but reading the piece on Stegner’s house brought back a lot of … Read More