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Subject: Re: (urth) Wolfe Walks - my rant
From: matthew.malthouse@guardian.co.uk
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 11:37:18 +0100

On 26/07/2003 15:38:42 James Wynn wrote:

>I don't have anything to workshopped right now but I would certainly pay 
>couple hundred just to hang out with Gene Wolfe and the rest of you guys.
>Unfortunately, my experience with organizing these things (not workshops 
>events and stuff) is that the cost of  just a *location* to hold an event
>like this for just a *weekend* (with food not necessarily) included could
>not be had for less than $80-$120 per person -- if you can guarantee 50 
>more people. Also, a workshop is *a lot* of work for the teacher -- very
>reading intensive; harder than a normal class I would think. I'd be
>embarrassed to ask any writer of marketable merit to do it for just 2 or 
>thousand - even if it were just a dozen or so writers he would be working
>Thus the tuition for the Odyssey workshop was $1400! Probably a very
>reasonable rate. I don't intend to throw cold-water on a wonderful plan 
>its inception. I just wouldn't like to see a good idea squelched by
>unreasonable expectations.
>On the otherhand, a *readers* workshop where the participants were
>responsible for reviewing and discussing each other's works; with, say, a
>series of "book club" type meetings to discuss various Wolfe works; with
>Wolfe in attendance. This is beginning to sound more like a Gene Wolfe
>Convention. I kinda like that idea too.


Just 'cause I'm familliar with it.

Basic open course fee for 4.5 day residential course including 
accommodation, tuition and food is UKP 395   -  at todays rates that's USD 
640 or EUR 558.

The stunning scenery of the locations comes free.  ;-)

(who once pushed a car trough snow half way up the fell from Lumb Bank)


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