Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Faculty Feature: Robert Boswell

Robert Boswell is the author of Tumbledown (August 2013), The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards, Century’s Son, American Owned Love, Living to Be 100, Mystery Ride, The Geography of Desire, Dancing in the Movies, Crooked Hearts, and The Half-Known World. He has received two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous prizes for his fiction. His stories appear in Esquire, New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, and in many literary magazines. He teaches at the University of Houston and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

“Robert was respectful, honest and insightful. He met individually with each student and was easy to talk to. His passion for writing and teaching was evident in each and every workshop.” – 2012 Workshop Participant.
This year, at the 15th Annual Taos Summer Writer's Conference, Robert Boswell will teach a weeklong workshop for serious writers of fiction. Here only has ONE spot left, so find out how to register here.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Join Us at the Inaugural Southwest Book Fiesta!

Come join us for the first ever Southwest Book Fiesta right here in Albuquerque! The weekend of May 10 - 12 we'll be at Table 30 with all sorts of goodies and special events including Book Signings by TSWC faculty members: Dan Mueller, Amy Beeder, Valerie Martinez, and Hilda Raz!

Dan Mueller will be teaching a weekend workshop, Image and Flash Fiction, at this year's conference.
Amy Beeder will be teaching a weekend workshop, Exercises in the Art of Poetry, at this year's conference.
Valerie Martinez will be teaching a weekend workshop, Why Write: Living the Writing Life Regardless of Publication, Recognition, Money and Fame, at this year's conference.
Hilda Raz will be co-teaching an Ekphrastic Poetry weekend workshop with the 15th annual TSWC featured artist, Ouida Touchón.

We will also be sharing the table with UNM's creative writing graduate run literary magazine Blue Mesa Review. It is going to be a fun weekend and we hope to see you there! 

Thursday, May 02, 2013

TSWC Director Sharon Oard Warner Reading Tomorrow Night!

Sharon Oard Warner has published three books—a collection of short fiction, an edited anthology, and a novel, Deep in the Heart, which was reissued in Australia/New Zealand and the Netherlands. She is currently completing a revision of her new novel, Sophie’s House of Cards. Her stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Laurel Review, Other Voices, Green Mountains Review, and elsewhere. Her scholarly essays have appeared in Studies in the Novel, Studies in the Short Story, Best Writing on Writing, The Writer’s Handbook, and in selected anthologies. Warner is the founder and director of the Taos Summer Writers' Conference.

Tomorrow night, Friday, May 3rd, Sharon will be reading from her new novel, Sophie's House of Cards, alongside Blue Mesa Review editor-in-chief Nora Hickey for Works in Progress - a monthly reading curated by the University of New Mexico graduate program in Creative Writing. It is held at Winning Coffee House at 7:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Faculty Feature: Robert Wilder

Robert Wilder is the author of two critically acclaimed books of essays: Tales From The Teachers' Lounge and Daddy Needs a Drink; both have been optioned for television and film. He has published essays in Newsweek, Details, Salon, Parenting, Creative Nonfiction, Working Mother and numerous anthologies. He has been a commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, the Madeleine Brand Show, On Point and other national and regional radio programs including the Daddy Needs a Drink Minute which airs weekly on KBAC FM. Wilder's column, also titled "Daddy Needs A Drink," is printed monthly in the Santa Fe Reporter. He was awarded the 2009 Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation. Wilder lives and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit his website at www.robertwilder.com.

At the 15th annual Taos Summer Writers' Conference, Rob will be teaching a weeklong workshop titled "Now That Is Funny: A Workshop in Humor Writing." He says, "We will try to push the funny by examining our own work, the work of published writers like David Sedaris, Ian Frazier, and Sarah Vowell, and try written exercises designed to enhance the humor and humanity of our work." The workshop is open to all levels of writers and can handle any form (essay, fiction, monologue). If you want to liven up your fiction or try writing a laugh out loud essay based on that embarrassing night in Toledo, this workshop is for you. Not only will we create work that is more fun to read, we will have a lot of fun along the way. And you better hurry, because there is only one spot left!