June 23, 7-8:30 PM
June's 'Fourth Thursday' Roundtable:
Writers and Their Daily Routines
Hemingway wrote standing up, Maya Angelou rented a hotel room, and Kurt Vonnegut did pushups and sit-ups all the time. Routines and work habits of authors may serve to inspire us, alter our own patterns, or just pique our curiosity.
BARN Writers will host a panel of local authors at the June 23 Roundtable. Authors Kristin von Kreisler, Sean O'Leary, and Dave Richards will discuss their daily routines and start you thinking about your own writing habits and how effective they are.
A roundtable discussion will follow the panel presentation.
KRISTIN VON KREISLER has loved and rescued animals all her life. She has written bestselling books about them and spoken about their welfare on Coast to Coast to 560 U.S. cities and on the Voice of America to 123 million people. Her most recent novel, Earnest, is about a couple in conflict over custody of their beloved Labrador retriever. Her other books include An Unexpected Grace and For Bea. Her books have been translated into ten languages.
Before writing books, Kristin free-lanced for magazines and newspapers. She followed a grizzly bear for a week, went hang gliding to see how an eagle felt soaring through the sky, and watched in awe as millions of bats emerged from a cave at dusk like clouds of smoke. Kristin’s articles have appeared in anthologies and textbooks and in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Reader’s Digest, where she was a staff writer. For more info, visit here.
SEAN O'LEARY is the author of seven full-length plays. Walt Whitman's Secret will premiere at the Presentation House Theatre in Vancouver, BC, October 13, 2016. Valu-Mart, won the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award and premiered at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater in March 2010. Beneath Shelton Laurel was commissioned by The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre where it played to record audiences between 2005 and 2006 and won a National Endowment for the Arts "Access to Artistic Excellence” grant for a touring production. Sean’s earlier play, Pound, about the poet Ezra Pound, received its professional premiere in October 2004 at The Washington Stage Guild in Washington, DC and has gone on to five other productions. Rain in the Hollows received its professional premiere three months earlier at Tri-State Actors Theater in New Jersey and has gone on to numerous productions as well. Sean’s first play, Wine to Blood, was produced by Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre and selected by Brandeis University for its permanent collection of works inspired by the Spanish Civil War. Sean has now turned his hand to writing a novel. For more information, click here.
DAVE RICHARDS has always possessed—or been possessed by— a powerful compulsion to write and has churned out short stories and experimental novels on a regular basis. Most remain tucked away in a drawer. Then one day, on a lark, he enrolled in a year-long intensive screenwriting class at the local community college. Surprised at how much he enjoyed the craft, he began writing screenplays. His scripts won numerous awards, and before long, he was offered representation by a script agency in Los Angeles. He went on to sell numerous options to his screenplays while landing a variety of writing assignments.
Then, Dave decided to write novels. His most recent is The Drive-in Miracle where Hank Sloan knows how to generate buzz. So when he learns that his sister’s diner is failing, he comes up with a money-making plan to fleece the faithful by arranging to have a so-called "divine apparition" appear on an old drive-in movie screen across the street from restaurant. In If I Could Give You a Day, complacent, self-made millionaire Scott Northwood wakes up one morning to discover he’s been given the ability to extend the lives of people who are about to die just when they are on the verge of achieving something important. But there’s a catch—he must shorten his own lifespan by an equivalent amount of time. For more info, click here.
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