Mercantile Library

Do You Really Want To Live Forever??

[Giancarlo Ditrapano sends word of Lish’s upcoming class in NYC -BB]

So you still want to be a writer? Ah man, you are relentless! Good for you and all, but it’s getting kind of annoying, so here’s your last chance for a shot at immortality. (But if it doesn’t pan out for you after this class, you’ve got to promise me you’ll just go to law school and give up your dreams, okay? Okay.) Here’s your golden ticket, Charlie. Don’t choke on it: The Mercantile Library in NYC and Noreen Tomassi have organized another superb class for this summer. Every Monday, starting June 7th and ending on the 23rd of August, Gordon Lish will be teaching again. He took a little break (ten years) but started up again last summer. Due to how wonderfully that went, he is coming back for more. The classes run from 5 o’clock until around 11 or 12. Whew! That is a lot of hours, huh? So many hours! And all beside each other, one after the other! But you won’t believe how fast the hours fly by. The energy in that room could power a train.

N.B. If you have any ego whatsoever, or your feelings are easily rattled, or you think you’ve got Gordon’s number and you just might have something to teach the class yourself, then you should probably bag it. You are already dead in the water, my friend. But if you are prepared to throw it all away and start anew, here is your chance. Yeah, yeah, I know what you’ve heard about the Lish classes. I’ve heard it too. Who hasn’t? But instead of sounding like an idiot after spewing a bunch of garbage about them and then saying you’ve never taken one or even met Lish, why don’t you take the class so you can really back that garbage up, huh? Wouldn’t that be great? For once talking about something you actually know about? What do you have to lose? No, really. What do you have to lose?

Here’s the link. And you’re welcome.

Events / 20 Comments
April 27th, 2010 / 4:23 pm

DATELINE, NYC: Diane Williams to offer private fiction workshop through Mercantile Library Center for Fiction

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[this post is just a press release, but it’s an important one. also, hat tip to Shya Scanlon.]
The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction is pleased to offer a new writing workshop with author, Diane Williams this January and February. Fine-grained attention to the drama of the sentence is offered as well as to the drama of the whole text. First look to NOON or to Williams’s own fiction to consider if you share the aesthetic values represented.
Diane Williams’s most recent book is IT WAS LIKE MY TRYING TO HAVE A TENDER-HEARTED NATURE. She is the editor of the acclaimed literary annual NOON which she founded in 2000. She was co-editor of StoryQuarterly for twelve years. She is considered the foremost advocate of the genre dubbed flash fiction and has been called by Jonathan Franzen “…one of the true living heroes of the American avant-garde.” Winner of two Pushcart Prizes, she has taught creative writing at both Bard College and Syracuse University and has been an invited reader at colleges and universities nationwide.
8 sessions
Tuesdays: January 6 through February 24
Fee is $500.00 (Special financial needs considered.)
To sign-up please e-mail or call 212.755.6710

Some freelancer for Time Out New York thought Diane’s last book was awesome sexy awesome. 

Author News / 32 Comments
December 5th, 2008 / 4:53 pm