“If we go back to why one word is chosen over another, we can make a distinction between internal and external decisions as to what is important. By internal, I mean what works on the page, what works within the whole of the design: the activity that occurs among the words themselves. The external is everything outside the work, the philosophies, the intellectual constraints, the ambitions the writer has for the work, the everyday subjectivity, what comes after the writing and reading: the accolades and rewards. Does the writer choose a word because it’s correct inside the work or correct outside the work?”
A brief discussion from The Voices One Listens To, a chapter from Stephen Dobyns book of essays, Best Words, Best Order.
Join us for SPLAB’s acclaimed Tuesday night writer’s critique circle, Living Room.
Writers of all ages and skill levels gather Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB put on special events and continue programming, plus every $5 gets you an entry in the monthly SPLAB raffle. We’ve got some BIG donated prizes this month! Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. If you do not bring copies, they are available for 10c.
Living Room happens in the new SPLAB in the Cultural Corner of the old Columbia School, between Rainier AV S and 36th AV S, on Edmunds. We’re 2 blocks from the Columbia City Link Light Rail Station. Parking is available on the school grounds.)