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Subject: Re: (urth) Wolfe Walks - my rant
From: Josh Geller 
Date: 26 Jul 2003 06:16:36 -0700

As I say, I am wondering how much I would pay for a week's writing class
with Gene Wolfe. The answer is at least a couple of hundred dollars,
perhaps more.

I wonder further. I wonder how much how many people on this mailing list
would be willing to pay for a week's writing class with Gene Wolfe. How
many people here would be willing to pay two hundred dollars for a
week's writing class with Gene Wolfe? If the answer is ten or twelve, 
don't you think that $2000 or $2400 could pay the Wolfe's travel, food
and hotel expenses and perhaps even afford them a small fee? All work
would have to be done on a volunteer basis, of course. Do people who
know the Wolfes think they might be interested?

I would be willing to devote time and work to this, if there are other 
people who are willing to devote time and work to this.

What does everyone think?



On Sat, 2003-07-26 at 05:26, Andrew Bollen wrote:
> I took a friend of mine to lunch yesterday to celebrate her first book being
> accepted for publication by Random. She found the workshop thing very
> valuable. Before the workshop, she had a draft manuscript and scattered
> comments on it from all over the place, but nothing very informed. The main
> value of the workshop was *useful reading*, to use her phrase. She was told
> the manuscript was totally unpublishable, for this reason and that, and that
> she would have to rewrite it. So she spent a couple of years rewriting from
> scratch, taking note of the specific criticisms, and ended up published.
> She believes her work experience as a speech-writer, policy analyst etc for
> various senior politicians and bureaucrats was very helpful in being able to
> use criticism effectively: she'd spent years being told, brusquely, that
> pieces were no good & to rewrite them. But others in the workshop found it
> much harder to handle.
> Being able to use criticism is one of those things you get from experience,
> if you're lucky. Sounds like these people have a way to go.
> -- 


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