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17 July 2008 @ 11:34 am
Live From the Front  
...or literally the back--the back of the class, that is.

I type these words from the admin table at the back of the Clarion West classroom. I have a great view of the students and of Connie Willis' back, and today have had the benefit of hearing her talk about foreshadowing. She has given some amazing lectures about plot this week, all clear, concrete, immediately useful. It's a week full of things to put in your writer's toolbox.

And it's Connie, so it's smart, funny, point on.

Coming from the literary world, where plot is the last thing most young writers want to think about but after years of reading knowing how well the best stories use or break these techniques, I love this.

It's also fun listening to the class as they go around the circle, critiquing stories--they're smart and articulate, even during this, the fourth week, where exhaustion seem to take its deepest toll. They're weathering this exceptionally well. It's especially fun that several of them are trying humour while Connie's here, to get the benefit of this side of her expertise.

I feel exceptionally, sappily, lucky to be here.
tina connollytinaconnolly on July 17th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ooh, live from CW week4 with Connie Willis! How awesome. :: envies ::

Caroline M. Yoachimcarolineyoachim on July 17th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ditto Tina!
Chris Furst: detective clowntheclownhunt on July 17th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hi, Neile! Please say hello to Connie for me.
simransmilessimransmiles on July 17th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
I, too, am totally envious. Not only Clarion West, but Connie Willis, whom I met briefly through the clarion network at my first con, and who reminds me of one of my favorite grad-school professors, a red-head of strong wit and dynamic personality, whom I met years later. It's just great being in a room and watching someone like that interact and be themselves for the benefit of others. The synapse firings are inspirational to be around - and usually the actual information content is pretty darned great too!
lilah wildlilahwild on July 18th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Week 4! I hope there's a pool in it for them tomorrow night. What an utter godsend that was last year to scream show tunes and play What Kind Of Reality Show Asshole Are You? while indulging in drunken swimming.
Patrick Samphirepsamphire on July 18th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Very cool. Live blogging of Connie's class. :)

I wonder if Connie will ever actually write that book on plot that she keeps promising...