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Subject: (urth) Proposed Gene Wolfe Symposium
From: Josh Geller 
Date: 26 Jul 2003 13:35:48 -0700

Don writes:
> Yeah I know.  I was just angry, which is why I labeled it  a rant in 
> forewarning.  It sounds like something good might spring from this 
> though.  I hope that at least those who know him personally will convey 
> how much he is respected as a writer by  everyone on this list.  I 
> still don't think much of writing workshops but who knows, maybe that's 
> my loss.

Hey Don,

How much would you pay to hang out with Gene Wolfe for a week and talk
about whatever he wanted to talk about? I am really getting away from
the workshop concept: since it is not conceivable that we will have 
enough money to offer any writer a reasonable fee, I want this to be
much more fun than it is work for the writer. Few people will turn 
down an all-expenses paid vacation. If it is actually an attempt to
get them to work for free or cheap, many people will resent the attempt
and not want to have anything to do with it.

By the way, I am discussing this idea with some of my friends and
associates, and the feeling seems to be that it is an idea with 
some general potential. 

Here is what I would like to happen right now: people on this list
who would be willing to pay approximately $200 to hang out with Gene
Wolfe for a week should sound off. People who are willing to pay 
approximately $50 to participate in the electronic real-time link 
that will be set up during each session should also sound off, and 
would someone who knows Gene Wolfe personally please ask him what he
thinks of the idea and pass that on to the list?

Anyone who has any suggestions that do not involve doing something
completely different in Chicago or somewhere else should also please
speak and not hold their peace.

Or we can return to wrangling over minutiae. That is always an option.




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