Visiting Writer Series - Fall 2014
Thursday, November 13th
6:00 p.m., CUB Auditorium
Ted Tremper—WSU English/Creative Writing ’06—is a comedian, filmmaker, writer, and member of Chicago’s The Second City comedy troupe. He returns to WSU to present his work and lead a week-long comedy writing and performing workshop for students of all majors. Tremper created “Break-Ups: The Series,” an improvised web-based show that won “Best Original Series” at the 2010 Vimeo Global Film Festival + Awards. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Onion A/V Club. He holds an MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Tremper's appearance at WSU is co-sponsored by the Student Entertainment Board.
Workshop: Your Creative Voice
November 10th - 14th
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Room 203, Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, with additional meetings in the CUB Auditorium and the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall
In this weeklong workshop, Ted Tremper will take a student-centered approach to show how writing, improvisation, and developing material for theater, television and cinema can help students explore who they are, what they want to say, and how to develop a creative practice that will get what’s in their heads and hearts into the world. (Coffee will be free and unlimited.) The class meets with Ted from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, students attend Tremper's performance in the CUB Auditorium. On Friday, he will hold individual conferences in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall. Priority enrollment for the workshop goes to students with Junior standing up to October 15th, after which time enrollment is open to all WSU students.
Visiting Writer Series - Spring 2015
Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow
Thursday, February 5th
5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center
Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of March 5th.
Dinah Lenney has acted on stage and on television in shows too many to name: ER, Law and Order, and Sons of Anarchy among them. She co-authored Acting for Young Actors and wrote Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, published in the American Lives Series at the University of Nebraska Press. Dinah is the senior nonfiction editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books and serves as core faculty for the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California. Her new book, The Object Parade, a collection of essays, was recently published by Counterpoint. (@dinahlenney on Twitter).
Marcia Parlow is managing editor of the New England Review, one of North America’s oldest and most distinguished literary journals. Parlow, a graduate of Middlebury College where the New England Review is based, is a former editor at William Morrow and Houghton Mifflin. She is involved with the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was a critic for Publishers Weekly.
Editing and Publishing Workshop
February 2nd - 6th
Time and Location TBA
Learn the nuts and bolts as well as the art of writing, editing and publishing during our two weeklong workshops. Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will each lead a Editing and Publishing workshop, which will showcase the Editing and Publishing Certificate at WSU. Priority enrollment for the workshop goes to students with Junior standing up to a date TBA, after which time enrollment is open to all WSU students.
Editing and Publishing Panel
12:00 p.m., Honors Lounge
Dinah Lenney and Marcia Parlow will participate in a panel alongside other personalities from WSU and University of Idaho publishing communities to discuss editing and publishing.
Robert Michael Pyle and Allison Cobb
Tuesday, March 31st
Robert Michael Pyle
5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center
Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of the 31st, focused on ecoreading.
Robert Michael Pyle, author of twelve books and many essays, stories and poems, is one of America’s best-known environmental writers and naturalists. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His 1987 book, Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. He writes for Orion Magazine and is a trip leader for the National Wildlife Foundation’s annual Family Nature Summits. Pyle, among other things, studies Lepidoptera, an order of moths and butterflies.
Allison Cobb works in poetry, nonfiction prose, and visual arts to address issues of landscape, public space, politics, and ecology. In Plastic: An Autobiography, she tracks the reappearance of plastic in the environment. Her published works include Born2 (poetry), about Los Alamos and the legacy of the atomic bomb, and Green-Wood, a hybrid work that addresses histories and bodies—the war dead buried at the fabled Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn and her own in her attempts to conceive a child. Cobb was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, and currently works for the Environmental Defense Fund.
Other Creative Writing Events
Students listening to a reading in the WSU Museum of Art.
The WSU Visiting Writer Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.
For more information about the 2014–2015 series, please contact Linda Russo or Debbie Lee, Visiting Writer Series Co-Directors.
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University of Idaho, Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies