Teaching & Writing in New Orleans was one of the highlights of the year.
Greetings from sultry New Orleans! Our Spring in New Orleans Writing Retreat kicked off on Thursday evening with writers descending on NOLA from all four corners of North America. After a lovely orientation, meet and greets, and a discussion of our current writing projects, we were off to dine and wine and roll our sleeves up! On Friday, after a home-made breakfast, Rita Banerjee kicked off our writing seminars with a class on “Character Development and the Law of Desire.” From Hamlet to Tennessee Williams to Ben Percy and Siri Hustvedt, Rita and her students investigated what made their narratives and characters really tick, the charge between dynamic and typed, masked characters, and how many names desire could take. Writing prompts and heated exchanges abounded, followed by a break-out writing session and then a Louisiana lunch. In the afternoon, Emily Nemens taught a wonderful class on “The Art of…
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