Writer's Workshop

General - Literature

For this workshop series, 15 major talents in contemporary literature met in a one-on-one forum with well-known author William Price Fox and University of South Carolina creative writing students. Each writer discussed his or her personal writing methods, furnishing insights into the highly individualized process of literary creation. George Plimpton introduced the segments, with James Dickey joining the discussion on several programs.

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William Price Fox | Writer's Workshop
William Price Fox | Writer's Workshop

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William Price Fox (April 9, 1926 – April 19, 2015) "You aren't working until you're writing—that's the secret." As a writer and writing teacher, Fox believes in starting with a sound and building from...
Reynolds Price | Writer's Workshop
Reynolds Price | Writer's Workshop

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Reynolds Price (February 1, 1933 – January 20, 2011) The author of A Long and Happy Life and The Surface of Earth explains his own writing methods, from work schedules and revision, to his aversion...
William Styron | Writer's Workshop
William Styron | Writer's Workshop

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William Styron (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) "Why one wants to be a writer is always a puzzle, because it doesn't offer the same rewards to everyone; it's something you have to do, I think."...
James McPherson | Writer's Workshop
James McPherson | Writer's Workshop

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James McPherson (September 16, 1943 – July 27, 2016) "The folktale is like a precedent in law. That is, it points to some wisdom that was derived at a certain point and passed on." Hailed as a "writer...
Susan Sontag | Writer's Workshop
Susan Sontag | Writer's Workshop

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Susan Sontag (January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) Sontag shares her experience on the day-to-day process of writing, recalls how she found a publisher for her first novel, and explains how she came...
George Plimpton | Writer's Workshop
George Plimpton | Writer's Workshop

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George Plimpton (March 18, 1927 – September 25, 2003) "An awful lot of people who want to become writers don't really write very much. They think a lot about writing, but they don't really sit down...
Stephen Spender | Writer's Workshop
Stephen Spender | Writer's Workshop

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Stephen Spender (28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995) "Students regard reading as a kind of inferior activity which no one who is writing has to indulge in. And that's ridiculous, I think." For young...
John Irving | Writer's Workshop
John Irving | Writer's Workshop

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John Irving (Born John Wallace Blunt, Jr. on March 2, 1942) Irving analyzes his methods as a writer, including his unusual technique of writing last things first. "I have to write last sentences," he...
John Hawkes | Writer's Workshop
John Hawkes | Writer's Workshop

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John Hawkes (August 17, 1925 – May 15, 1998) Throughout this interview, Hawkes reiterates his belief that "the imperfect really conveys the essence of perfection more than a whole object. Fiction," he...
James Dickey | Writer's Workshop
James Dickey | Writer's Workshop

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James Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) In an interview laced with humor and illustrations from the works of other artists, Dickey examines the elements of poetry, compares novels to movies...