Ask Roy Hoffman how he came up with an idea for a story, and he’ll be happy to share.
For Marion Roach Smith, there’s nothing like waking up to a white, blank page.
“Call me Ishmael” might be the most-recognized line from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, but there’s another line from Melville’s whale tale that writer Jonathan Eig finds important: “To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.”
Author Hillary Jordan believes that art is meant to affect people.
When prose writer-in-residence Karen Day wrote her first novel at age 16, she killed off the character’s mother. It was a very dramatic death, and Day still doesn’t know why she wrote something so horrific.
Joe Kita didn’t make his high school basketball team.
It’s like the Bruce Springsteen’s song “Glory Days” — he carried around the regret for 20 years, he said, and then it was time to mend what he lost. At age 40, with permission from his editor at Men’s Health, Kita found himself back in a gym and trying not to be dropped from his team.
After two weeks of tryouts, he made the cut, and after the story was published, he got hundreds of letters from all over the country.
That will be the topic of Kita’s, prose writer-in-residence for Week Four, Brown Bag Lecture, “Have a Regret-Free Life,” at 12:15 p.m. today on Alumni Hall porch.