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Festivus for the rest of us

Well, who knows what’s going on in this photograph. I wanted an image with children playing, one girl standing outside the circle staring longingly at the others. But this picture (found by searching “ring around the rosie”) was so delightfully weird, I couldn’t resist nabbing it. I’ll bet a couple of these young ladies grew up to be writers.

How sorry I am to be missing this year’s Lit Fest, Lighthouse’s first in their new digs. It sounds like a delicious lineup: a two-weekend intensive on memoir and novel structure with Erika Krouse; Bill Henderson’s famous Novel Bootcamp; Jennifer Davis’s “Creating Emotional Depth and Subtext”; Andrea Dupree’s “Find Your Material”; Jake Adam York’s “Say What You Don’t Mean”; Shari Caudron’s “Stories from the Road.” I could go on and on, but really, you should just have a look at the schedule, and see what classes might still be open.

Another regret. This year two of my favorite people are flying in: Robin Black, author of the fine story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this; and Cheryl Strayed, whose recently published memoir Wild is deservedly a sensation. Cheryl wrote one of my favorite novels, Torch, and she is, of course, also Dear Sugar (!), with tiny beautiful things, a collection of her advice columns in The Rumpus coming out in July. I envy anyone lucky enough to attend these talented women’s workshops. Please take notes.

I console myself with the knowledge that I’ll be seeing some of you in Grand Lake in July. Also consoling is the feeling of glorious martyrdom derived from staying home to work. I intend to keep my commitment to finish this draft of the memoir by Grand Lake. With each day that passes it looks increasingly plausible that I will.

So. Send dispatches, okay?

And take lots of pictures.

7 comments on “Festivus for the rest of us

  1. andreadupree
    May 29, 2012

    We’ll miss you so, but I’m selfishly glad you’re finishing the memoir. I’m not as close to finishing my draft, but plan to do some writing binges over the next couple weeks. Can’t wait to see you! It’s a great group so far coming up to GL. xo (PS. Are you bringing the gas masks–or whatever those are–for our ring around the rosies while drinking ransickitas festival?)

  2. Karen Palmer
    May 29, 2012

    Andrea: Do binge. Please, please. I can’t remember if I told you, but I’m going to be staying on in Denver till July 31. That means I’ll get a chance to see the new place.

    • andreadupree
      May 30, 2012

      Oh, terrific! More Karen Palmer = more happiness. Okay, maybe I’ll try to sneak away for a weekend after Lit Fest. xo

  3. kcecelia
    May 29, 2012

    Lighthouse, which I know of and joined because of you, has an extraordinary Lit Fest lineup this year. If I were free, I’d be there. The work of both Robin Black and Cheryl Strayed if of the kind that stays with me, and that I re-read to unlock more of its secrets. I share your love of Robin’s short story collection, which I’ve read twice so far. Chery’s novel Torch caught me unawares when I read it in preparation for Wild; I’m still thinking about it, and its beautifully chosen section quotes. But, I’m delighted to hear you’re pushing forward with your memoir: your previous work is precious to me and I want more. Good luck with your work. I’m cheering you on.

    • andreadupree
      May 30, 2012

      How nice of you to write, kcecelia! We’ll try to lure you out next summer–perhaps we should synchronize our schedules? I agree with you about all three of these authors–Cheryl, Robin, and Karen. The big three.

    • Karen Palmer
      May 30, 2012

      Katherine: As always, you are too kind. One of these days you will have to come to either Lit Fest or Grand Lake. You would love both.

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