Author Interview: Isla McKetta on Writing from History

Isla McKetta is a Seattle novelist, book reviewer and blogger at A Geography of Reading, and she also serves on the board of Richard Hugo House. Isla and I met during our Goddard MFA program six years ago and I have been reading her work ever since. I’m thrilled that she has two new books coming out almost at the same time, Clear Out the Static in Your Attic: A Writer’s Guide for Turning Artifacts into Art, co-authored with Rebecca Bridge (in March 2014, from Write Bloody Publishing) and Polska, 1994 (in May 2014, from Editions Checkpointed). Continue reading

Author Interview: Robert J. Ray on Story and History

In April 2010, I took a six-week class at Richard Hugo House in Seattle called Rewriting the Manuscript. The instructor drew diagrams on the whiteboard, asked us to circle our strong verbs and concrete nouns in colored ink, and took notes while we enacted scenes from each other’s novels in class. Then he showed us how to improve those scenes. I had been looking for that kind of guidance and support for years—so, during the last class, I was sad to see it ending. Until the instructor, Robert J. Ray, invited us all to writing practice at Louisa’s Café on Eastlake. So I went. I’ve been going since. There, with guidance and support from many wonderful writers, I started—and finished—the first draft of a novel, one writing practice at a time. Continue reading

Author Interview: Jack Remick on Turning History into Story, Part 1

“It’s really not worthwhile to write if you don’t write a myth.” – Jack Remick

Jack Remick

Photo by Jerry Jaz

Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, novelist and teacher. More than twenty years ago, he and Robert J. Ray started a writing practice group that still meets every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Louisa’s Café in Seattle. I’ve been going to Louisa’s for three years now and wrote the first draft of my novel there with lots of help from Jack, Bob, and many other talented writers. Continue reading