Writers share their experiences in the Living Writers Series at Oswego State
Concert: Bach cello suites by Matt Haimovitz
Renowned Israeli-born soloist Matt Haimovitz performs all six Bach cello suites, while visiting four Central New York locations. (The “moveable feast” begins with a Tuesday live-at-noon broadcast from the studios of WCNY FM (91.3), followed by a 3 p.m. appearance at the River’s End Bookstore. The musical tour resumes at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Tyler Gallery in Penfield Library.) The remaining suites at 7:30 p.m. Sheldon Hall: $15 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. http://www.oswego.edu/arts. 312-2141.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, Sept 16, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Author talk: "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves"
Karen Joy Fowler, author of this year's Oswego Reading Initiative book, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," will speak. Shortlisted for the international Man Booker Prize in 2014, the book examines life from the perspective of young adult Rosemary Cooke and her primate "sister," weaving a humorous, poignant and multilayered plot around the theme of scientific experimentation with animals as well as animal rights. Fowler is the author of six novels, two of them New York Times bestsellers. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-2232.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, Sept 30, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer Tournament - William Paterson vs. Houghton
Location: Oswego, N.Y. - Laker Turf Stadium
Friday, Sept 4, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Women's Soccer vs. University Pittsburgh-Greensburgh
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Soccer Field
Friday, Sept 4, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
2015 New Jersey Event
Find out more and register: http://bit.ly/1T3Y0iT
Location: Ridgewood Country Club 96 W. Midland Ave., Paramus, N.J.
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, Sept 17, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Since its inception the Creative Writing Program has invited hundreds of writers into our community, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to young authors on the cutting edge of contemporary literature. Our Living Writers Series is unique, in that it is a large lecture course required of our majors, but open to the public at large as well. Visiting writers to the series are representative of the five different genres offered by the program.
Each Monday in the semester a new author comes to the class and talks about the writing process, as well as the paths traveled toward success as a writer. Each Wednesday the students read and discuss an author's work in preparation for the next Monday visit. The course encourages students to get to know the visiting writers, to immerse themselves in the author's writing, to participate in the Q&A, to go to dinner afterward with the author.
Because of the public nature of the course, creative writing majors and minors are welcome to attend any Living Writers event over the course of their time at SUNY Oswego.
Recent Visiting Artists
David Benioff, showrunner for the HBO hit series Game of Thrones, will speak to students about his new novel, City of Thieves. As wise and funny as it is thrilling and original, City of Thieves is the story of two young men on an impossible adventure. Benioff follows up his book The 25th Hour with this hard-to-put-down novel about survival in WWII Russia. Mr. Benioff will participate in a wide-ranging Q&A that includes both his novels, adapting The Kite Runner, and writing the series, Game of Thrones.
Laurie Halse Anderson is the NY Times bestselling Young Adult author of Speak, Chains, Wintergirls, Catalyst, Prom and Twisted. Her work has won numerous awards-the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, two National Book Award finalists-and has been published in dozens of languages. Ms. Anderson will take Q&A on her series of historical novels, Chains, Forge, and the upcoming Ashes.
Jeff Gardiner is a SUNY Oswego Creative Writing alum and video game producer with Bethesda Softworks, one of the premier game companies in the country. Jeff discusses Skyrim, the long-awaited and latest game in the Elder Scrolls series. It is an action-packed game with all the artistic visuals we've come to expected from the noted game maker. Q&A will range from "how to become a video game producer" to what's next from Bethesda Softworks.
Li-Young Lee, born to Chinese parents who were driven from Indonesia to the United States, is now considered one of America's greatest poets. His poetry accentuates the joys and sorrows of family, home, loss, exile, and love. He'll be reading his poetry and taking Q&A on his process and experience as a poet.
Mark Haskell Smith is a writer who wears many hats: from writing for television, to novels like Baked, Salty, Delicious and Moist, to his latest nonfiction book Heart of Dankness. Known for his humor and sly intelligence, Smith will take Q&A on a wide range of writing gigs that have led him from Hollywood to Amsterdam.
Samantha Shelton is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Oswego's creative writing and journalism programs. She now works as an editor at Fitness Magazine. Having advanced from reader, to intern, to freelancer, to full-time employee, Ms. Shelton will discuss how her college experiences--writing for the Oswegonian, establishing the local chapter of Ed 2010 and getting Her Campus up and running--helped her find success in the competitive world of New York City magazine writing.
Jeff Woolnough directs television and film in Hollywood. In his talk he'll take students behind the scenes of shows as diverse as Battlestar Galactica, V, The Vampire Diaries, Eureka, Bones, NCIS, Supernatural, CSI and Being Erica.
Jon Chopan is a SUNY Oswego alum who blends letters, stories, obits and writing fragments in his new autobiographical novel, Pulled from the River. In the book he creates a chilling view of what it meant to grow up in a city haunted by the serial killer Arthur Shawcross. His Q&A will give us a wide-ranging look at his career, from his undergraduate creative writing classes at Oswego to his original take on the boundaries between fact and fiction.
Susan Fox Rogers is the winner of the Silver Medal from the American Society of Travel Writers for her book Antarctica: Life on the Ice. Ms. Rogers explores the dangerously beautiful continent of Antarctica through personal tales from the brave men and women who live and work there. In her Q&A she'll take questions about creating nonfiction anthologies as well as questions about her newest full-length memoir, My Reach: A Hudson River Memoir.
Past Living Writers Series Brochures
Past Visiting Artists
Lee K. Abbott