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October 10, 2015

Danielle Dutton, who will lead the workshop "Dwelling in Uncertainty: How Uncertainty is Productive to Writing" at the Writer's Block Festival from 1 to 2:30 p.m., answers some questions about her writing, art and publishing.


1) Your workshop is about dwelling in uncertainty. Can you explain how uncertainty can be a productive starting-off point for writing? How has dwelling in uncertainty helped you in your own work?


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November 14, 2014

Much of your work contains natural and pastoral imagery. “Forced Bloom,” for instance, which appears on the Academy of American Poets’ website, describes a woman cutting back the branches of a forsythia so that the blooms will return later on. What draws you to this natural imagery? Why are you so concerned with it?


Forced Bloom” is about hands, about touch, physical contact.  It blends several scenes into a kind of narr...

October 27, 2014

1) Your workshop is about lingering, “Giving Your Reader All the Time in the World.” What’s one of your favorite examples of lingering in fiction? Why do you think that lingering in writing is important? 

Let’s think of text as a gift.   Each day most of us gift our friends, family, and colleagues with lots and lots of gifts—bite sized—a text here, an email there, a tweet in between. How much thought do we put into these gifts...

August 20, 2014

This is the first blog entry in an ongoing collaboration of divergent voices—musings of LLA board members, writers, and devout readers. Being the first entry provokes a bit of anxiety and a lot of cliché: I feel pressured to jump in with both feet, set the bar high, and reach for the stars. Fortunately, as blogs and Judgment Day go, the first shall be last. The blogs that follow will push my lofty words to the bottom of the We...

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