Monthly Archives: December 2012

Interview with Diana Wagman


7:00 p.m. – Interview with Diana Wagman, author of The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets. Diana will be reading from her book followed by an interview moderated by Heather King, author of the memoir Parched. Afterwards, a Q & A with YOU!

Diana’s author site:

Care and Feeding L.A. Times Book Review:

Heather King, moderator:

Carlo Wolff gives glowing review to Newman’s “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children”

‘Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children’: A Pittsburgh writing teacher’s tender tale

For his second novel, Dave Newman mixes academic angst with domestic affairs for a loving portrait of the city

Writing is a solitary, sedentary process. It’s not inherently dramatic because it is private — except, perhaps, in academia, where Dave Newman’s novel takes place. “Raymond Carver Will Not Raise Our Children” is that rarity, an exciting novel about writing. Mr. Newman tells us about it as both profession and calling through his characters, almost all engaging no matter how shaky.

In his second novel, Mr. Newman writes so naturally you feel like talking to his characters and stepping into their world. He is affectionate toward people and place: Pittsburgh is the setting of this warm, yet hardly fuzzy, book, and Mr. Newman, through his protagonist Dan Charles, romances that city.


Mr. Newman knows about work and self-respect, and he can shred the inauthentic, be it Kentucky Jim or filmmaker Tim Burton, whose “Alice in Wonderland,” seen through the disappointed eyes of Dan and his daughter Abby, comes off as one of the worst movies of all time. Mr. Newman knows his pop culture, whether it’s Johnny Depp, ’70s literary lion Harry Crews or controversial Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, characterized — this is the mildest term — as “ridiculous.”

The local touches and topicality should endear “Raymond Carver” to Pittsburgh literati eager to spot the fact behind the fiction. What makes the book resonate beyond his home base is Mr. Newman’s warmth, his passion for his profession. He doesn’t ennoble it (there are no groves in this academe), and he sets it hard within today’s grinding economy.

Still, family carries.

Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Adelaide Screenwriter interviews Al Watt

Henry Sheppard interviews Al Watt for the Adelaide Screenwriter blog.

Here’s a portion of what Al says on the concept of his writing workshops:

The subconscious is where the truth lies. It’s where all of the complexity and paradox of our experiences are disseminated and it’s where patterns are explored. Logic is immaterial to our subconscious, which is why it is so difficult for writers to begin, and so thrilling once they’ve begun. It’s not so much a matter of ‘can I rely on my subconscious?’ It’s really that we have no other choice. I don’t believe it’s possible to write anything more than a grocery list from our pre-frontal cortex. We don’t have the bandwidth.

Now, though we must rely on our subconscious, I don’t believe that’s a guarantee that we’ll get to the end of our story. The 90-Day process involves marrying the wildness of our subconscious to the rigor of story structure. There are key universal experiences in the hero’s journey. By exploring these experiences in the world of our story, images appear and it actually becomes possible to move beyond our limited idea of our story to a more vivid and dynamic version. The truth is that our idea of our story is never the whole story. Writers tend to get stuck when they either rely solely on their subconscious, or solely on “plotting.”

You can read the full interview at Adelaide Screenwriter:

Interview with Jen Scott


5:00 p.m. – Interview with Jennifer Scott, author of Lessons from Madame Chic. Jennifer will be reading from her book followed by an interview moderated by Kristi Belcamino. Afterwards, a Q & A with YOU!

Jennifer’s blog:
and author site:

Kristi Belcamino, moderator: