All posts tagged: writing

Wisdom from a novelist

Jill McCorkle may be the most quotable writer I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. McCorkle, a fiction novelist and creative writing professor at NC State, visited Elon Monday to share some insight with us. Something struck me about McCorkle: the fact that she was able to so eloquently and honestly answer any and all questions my reporting class threw her way. I asked three questions during our 60-minute discussion with her. Here are my questions and her brilliant responses: 1. What are the major differences between a journalistic writing process and a creative non-fiction writing process? One of the biggest, most obvious differences, said McCorkle, is that non-fiction gives you the license to lie and to fill in the blanks. “On a good day, writing non-fiction does feel like a stream of consciousness,” McCorkle said. But, she said, the two have the aspect of self-disipline in common. Some of McCorkle’s most disciplined friends began with a career in journalism. Also, the revision process of creative writing is not unlike journalism, she said. But McCorkle admited …

Amtrak may be offering ‘writing residencies’

I saw this article on Thought Catalog today and again on The Wire. Basically, Amtrak responded to this tweet by writer, Jessica Gross … and decided to offer her a trial ride. According to interviews (and an article by Jessica) post NYC-Chicago-NYC ride, it went fabulously. If these ‘writing residencies’ actually come to fruition, this is how they would work—writers would be selected on a case-by-case basis, pick a city, ride to and fro (hopefully for free) and write, write, write. This is a pretty revolutionary idea, especially considering its conception being on Twitter. It’s new-age and it’s great marketing for Amtrak. But, on that same note, since it’s still in its early stages they’ll have to figure out what constitutes someone as a “writer” and what they’ll have to do on their journey for it to be “successful.” What’s the big idea? This could bring back the organic experience of wifi-free, stream of consciousness writing. The allure of travel and writing have always been a sensational pair and this deal with Amtrak has the potential …