Monday, April 21, 2008

More than anything else, I believe in myself.

That's pretty much a successful life in a nutshell, isn't it?

And a good way to share some excellent news that I have been sitting on for over a week.

I won a scholarship to a prestigious summer writers workshop in NY - I've been assigned to the amazing AMY HEMPEL for the small group work, and will be able to study with many of my other fav writers, like Matthew Klam, Melissa Bank, Meg Wolitzer, here's the whole list--

Alan Alda
Melissa Bank
Billy Collins
E.L. Doctorow
Christopher Durang
Jules Feiffer
Ursula Hegi
Amy Hempel
Kaylie Jones
Matthew Klam
Patricia Marx
Frank McCourt
Carol Muske-Dukes
Marsha Norman
Joyce Carol Oates
David Rakoff
Robert Reeves
Roger Rosenblatt
Garry Trudeau
Derek Walcott
Lou Ann Walker
Hilma Wolitzer
Meg Wolitzer

I KNOW. I am a very lucky girl.

In case you are not familiar with Amy's work:
The Collected Stories (2006) was one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year and a finalist for the PEN-Faulkner Award. Hempel has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000), United States Artists Fellowship (2006), an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Ambassador Book Award (2007).

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