Beatrice Schuman

Monday, May 24, 1976

Authors Beatrice Salomon [sic], William Packard, Richard Gardner, and Richard Kostelanetz discuss Summer Writers Conferences.

Host Walter James Miller introduces his four guests. He asks each, in turn, their experiences attending writer's conferences, what they intend to do at their upcoming conference appearances, and which of their own writings they will share.

William M. Packard (editor, New York Quarterly) describes the impact of attending writer’s conferences as a young poet and meeting Robert Frost at a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. He will be teaching at the Wesleyan-Suffield Writer-Reader Conference in Connecticut.

Richard Gardner (author, Adventures of Don Juan) says a conference gave him his first opportunity to meet a published writer. Gardner will be explaining “the writing game” at the Hofstra Writer’s Conference in New Jersey.

Richard Kostelanetz (The End of Intelligent Writing) reveals his plan for the Indiana University Writer’s Conference: a workshop in experimental and avant-garde writing, including combinations of words and video, or sculpture.

Beatrice Chernuchin Schuman (Grandma, Why Don't You Try Zen) says, “I go to writer’s conferences for fun. it’s my summer camp.” She quotes from fellow writers who tell her they have reaped creative benefits from attending writer’s conferences. She will be at the Hofstra conference this summer.

Miller leads a brief discussion of the ways that writer’s conferences have supplanted the roles of publishers in providing encouragement and in-depth criticism to budding authors.

WNYC archives id: 72847


Richard Gardner, Richard Kostelanetz, William Packard and Beatrice Chernuchin Schuman

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Walter James Miller


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From the Writing Center at NYU, this radio series is dedicated to "good reading."

Blending biographical information, critical readings, book recommendations and author readings, this program (1941-51) is hosted by Warren Bower, director of NYU's Writing Center and literary critic of The Saturday Review.  Discussions about genre and craft are honest, freewheeling, and elevated.  These programs are indicative of the seriousness New Yorkers share for literary and popular literature.

From 1970-1985, Walter James Miller hosted the program.  Miller conducted early interviews with writers such as Nadine Gordimer, Erica Jong, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Gallagher and Jerzy Kosinski. He was associated with the NYU Programs in Liberal Studies.


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