By James Rahn
James Rahn has led the Rittenhouse Writers' workforce on the grounds that he based it in 1988, making it one among America's longest-running autonomous fiction workshops. countless numbers of writers and would-be writers have sought out the crowd for its striking point of guideline and collaboration. Rittenhouse Writers is Rahn's memoir of the workshop and the way his personal evolution as either a instructor and a writer—and as a son, husband, and (somewhat reluctant) father—has been intertwined with the institution and development of the RWG. furthermore, Rahn comprises ten brief tales written by way of present and previous contributors of the workshop.
Rahn graduated from the college of Pennsylvania and earned an MFA at Columbia. He then started to think a destiny that incorporated greater than simply writing, one who could additionally faucet his aspiration to supply different writers help and motivation, tricky yet gentle—his self-described "Iron Fist within the Velvet Glove" procedure. finally, as he says greater than as soon as, "Writing is hard."
Over the years, James Rahn has witnessed each that you can imagine writing-group situation, from awkward flirtations to suicide scares, catty opinions, close to fistfights, and naturally the pride of gazing a persons writing leap. With perception won via years of commentary and participation, and a discerning eye for fun element, he is taking us alongside for the adventure. Rahn's fight to excellent his position as teacher runs in the course of the narrative, as does his attempt to stability that function with the friendships he kinds within the team, and to maintain together with his personal writing whereas nonetheless giving the gang the eye it must flourish. via his eyes, we capture the spark of the workshop's spirit and get to satisfy a variety of spirits who've invigorated Rittenhouse Writers' Group.
Rahn cuts from side to side, reflecting, not just at the workshop, but additionally on his days as a highschool dropout in Atlantic urban, dead-end jobs and hopeless strikes, the trouble of his mother's decline and dying, and his personal unforeseen plunge into parenthood—when, at age fifty one, he and his spouse took at the accountability of elevating her younger nieces.
His memoir serves, in a fashion, as an creation to the fast tales that keep on with; and the stories—as remarkable and sundry because the writers Rahn describes operating with—stand as a becoming coda to Rahn's story and provide one other window onto his life's work.
"James Rahn, Jersey boy and Philadelphia treasure, has written a relocating and insightful booklet approximately what occurs in case you create anything shiny and beneficial and stick round for the lengthy haul, no matter if it really is instructing, writing, friendships, or love. The solutions are not continually uncomplicated, and Rahn explores them with an analogous gusto, honesty, wry humor, and generosity of spirit he brings to his fiction and his recognized workshops. This booklet is a strong reminder of the significance of neighborhood and mentorship within the making of literature."—Sam Lipsyte
The 10 brief tales integrated in Rittenhouse Writers:
"On fireplace" through Gwen Florio
"Mother—6/7 Months" by way of Romnesh Lamba
"Moon Penitent" through Diane McKinney-Whetstone
"The final Confession" by way of Tom Teti
"Ivory is incorrect approximately Me" via Caren Litvin
"The convention Rat" by way of Samantha Gillison
"Dropping a Line into the Murky Chop" via Saral Waldorf
"What She ignored" through Lisa Paparone
"Kingdom of the sunlight" by means of Alice Schell
"The Letters of Hon. Crawford G. Bolton III" by way of Daniel R. Biddle
James Rahn has released tales in lots of literary magazines, taught for fifteen years on the college of Pennsylvania, and has an MFA in Writing from Columbia college. His first novel, Bloodnight, was once released in 2012.
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