on festivals

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

The writer’s festival put together by Neha and the gang (Susan and other Narratives helpfuls) is going quite smartly. If Jerz or anyone else from SH read this then I urge you to put Ms. Bawa to good work, whatever the smoking policy. She’s a great organizer, has lots of potential as a writer and scholar, and has the steel to get things done.

I’m proud of the people running around Tunxis these days. We have lots of great students heading off and staying around, hopefully for a good long time. They often come back to, those that go, and tell us what we do right, what we do wrong.

Kudos to the presenters, although I feel I ran a little flat. David Pesci was dead on with the process, especially the real work of writing being that of revision. Timmons hit stride with IF, doing an excellent job of taking us through that world of narrative and structure, the great world of maps and configurations of the digital. We also made good friends with Victoria Zackheim, author of The Bone Weaver. She gave a great talk on the development of her novel and was insightful and direct in response to questions.

Looking forward to the next round.

8 responses to “on festivals”

  1. gibb says:

    ALL the presenters were terrific, and it was an exciting, interesting and informative day. I truly hope that this will be the first of many annual Writers’ Festivals, and hope that now that Neha has proven what can be done, we can follow her lead in making this a tradition.

  2. john says:

    I agree with you Susan. Although I must take issue with Steve’s comment about “falling flat”. Any form of creativity (including presentations) takes on its own life and assumes a unique identity and will struggle with (and resist) our conscious attempts to “control” it. Can you tell I’m a surrealist at heart? I felt, personally, that the importance of what you did was pragmatic: the performance itself. It was in “what you were doing” that illustrated the semiotics of hyper-text and some of its associated syntax–and that included those “in-between” moments. The juxtaposition of all those elements (verbal, visual, etc.) was cumulative and that was where the true meaning(s) came through. Personally, I was also impressed by your adroit handling of Storyspace and the glimpse into your thought-processes of working within the various demonstrated enivronments.

  3. gibb says:

    Of course I agree with you John, and in dancing along the various threads of the web, I neglected to note here my own approval of Steve’s presentation. It is clearly stated, however, in both an e-mail to el profesore, as well as on Spinning, whereupon you are mentioned as well.

    Only admiration and gratitude comes from my little corner of cyberspace.

  4. Neha says:

    Thanks for everything teach. Hard to go wrong with you around.

  5. Beverly says:

    I only wish I could of stayed. Your intro was Great!

  6. ersinghaus says:

    You all are too kind.

    It is one of the interesting things about storyspace that the mao is key. Tolkien then.

  7. Spinning says:

    WRITING: The Writers’ Festival

    Incredible day. Obviously I’ve been on a roll since October–no, much earlier than that I admit. Imagination, dreams, confidence, creativity, and hopefully, skill, are just growing and expanding as if unleashed, instead of festering inside to crush the…

  8. Spinning says:

    WRITING: Format

    Another interesting point brought up at yesterdaybs Writersb Festival, and clearly evidenced by these last three posts, is the mechanical orientation of reading text. Brought up in his lecture on Hypertext Media, Steve Ersinghaus once again display…