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Best of the Writer’s Workshop: Dorothy Allison

Dear Blog Buddies,

We will be away at camp all week, hanging out with 225 paying customers of our closest friends + some of the best writers in the world. And while most of you won’t be able to join us for conversations about syntactic patterns, drinks on the lawn, and late night duels over the Metaphysical I, we still wanted to give you a glimpse of what takes place every summer at our Writer’s Workshop.

All week long we will be posting some of our favorite readings and lectures from past workshops.

Feel free to pour yourself a cold one, stretch out on the lawn, and indulge in a good old fashioned summer (literary) romance.


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From 2012:

A Voice Like Thunder, A Text in Whispers: Reading as Performance, with Dorothy Allison

Let us talk frankly about the performance aspect of reading off the page. What if you are a better reader than you are a writer? Can performance become a part of the craft? Can performative aspects detract from the written work?  How do you train yourself to use performance to improve the work on the page? Is performance necessarily a lesser work?  Is there a set of rules and exercises that help make this process more useful?  Finally, are there ways to write out verbal expressions that so enliven performance but seem awkward or obscure on the page?

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