|Sent on:||Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:27 PM|
A baker's dozen CNF writers met the other night to talk about storytelling based on real-life characters, settings and events, and to share some of our work and ideas. Here's a recap followed by information about our nascent cadre of writers.
In this new segment of our meetup, Hayley told us how much she likes David Sedaris and Kathy shared some exquisite lines from writers such as Pat Conroy. Jim Hunt showed us the Richard Dawkins book of Modern Science Writing he's recently taken down from his bookshelf for a read. Ron sang the praises of essayists Lewis Thomas, John McPhee, and Richard Selzer and also reminded us to take full advantage of the conferences and other offerings of the North Carolina Writers Network. Your meetup organizer shared how much I love the apps/websites GoodReads and Pocket for keeping track of my book and magazine/news-article reading, respectively, and Jane said she uses Evernote for the same thing. I also like The Browser and Longreads, suggested by our friend Jeff, for constantly searching the universe for good CNF writing so I don't have to. You can also read The Week's Best Longreads on Daily Beast.
Joyce Pardon read an excerpt of her beautiful Gilad's Hawaiin Fitness Adventure, juxtaposing thoughts on physical fitness and a dying mother in a captivating way. Linda Vaughn stunned us with a read from her CreateSpace book The Second Room on the Right, a brutal and exquisitely crafted telling of growing up at the hands of a monstrous father. Ron Jackson delighted us with his essay A Working Life, an economical and spunky run through a life of jobs. And Kathy shared her essay Changing Focus, about overcoming doubts she could figure out how to use a complicated new "real" to master the art of nature photography.
3. New for next time: Why's this so good?
If you will be at the February meetup then be sure to have read The Town Car 500, an excellent piece by Jennifer Gonnerman in New York Magazine. We will discuss why it is so good and then hear what another professional writer had to say at Harvard's Niemann Storyboard (don't look before the meetup! the idea is to do our own thinking first).
4. About the Creative Nonfiction Writers meetup
We meet the second Monday of every month from 7-9pm at ERUUF in Durham, as a sub-group of the Durham Writers Meetup Group. Writers submit manuscripts at least 2 weeks in advance, the key requirement being that you have attended at least one meetup already, where you will learn the secret instructions for submitting your work :-). We also share good writing and other writerly resources as part of our show-and-tell, get together for social gatherings between meetups, and form offline workshop groups of 3-6 writers for extensive critique-revision over several drafts.
For more information contact Michael Durbin at [address removed]