The opening of the Academy year has been very busy at the Writing House. We have already hosted three impressive, accomplished, and diverse guest writers. On September 19th, award-winning international investigative journalist Kira Kay visited The Writing House. Kay is executive director of the Bureau for International Reporting (BIR) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing and providing vital international television news programming. Kay screened a story she wrote and produced for PBS and then answered questions about reporting and the skills necessary to make a career in the journalism.
In the past, the writing program has not hosted many journalists, but given increased need for strong reporting and fact-based storytelling around issues of global concern, we at the Writing House feel that it is time to really start embracing journalism. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about how journalism is being integrated into our already very strong creative writing curriculum.
On September 25th, British novelist James Reich gave a reading at The Writing House. Reich read from his two novels and then answered a wide array of questions, from how novelists integrate research into their work to building believable characters.
On October 2nd, poet John Casteen visited campus to talk with them about the craft of poetry and give a reading. He spoke at length about the way that his poetry is informed by music ranging from bluegrass to rap, and how a sense of place and landscape are vital to any artist’s work.
Looking ahead to the end of the month, we are very excited to be hosting poet Terrance Hayes. Hayes is a recent recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards bestowed on cultural innovators. His reading will be webcast LIVE on October 30th from The Writing House, so please tune-in!