I’m part of a team that is hoping to launch Senegal’s first vegetarian food truck. (You read that right.) Please take a minute to watch our video and check out our website and StartNext fundraiser — and support us however you can, even if you’re not in Dakar! Thanks for checking it out and helping to spread the word.
This fall, I’ll be teaching an introductory creative writing class at the British Council in Dakar, Senegal:
The workshop consists of an 8-week class for English speakers (advanced and fluent) and Anglophones introducing them to the fundamentals of writing fiction, including plot, character, setting, and voice. Each class is comprised of a short lecture, exercises, discussion of a contemporary or classic English short story, and two peer-review workshop sessions. By the end of the course, each student will submit one story for online publication.
The class runs from October 27 until December 17, 2015. For costs, sign-up, and more information, see this pdf.
Longevity is not exactly a feature of the Internet, so it’s especially nice when long-ago work suddenly resurfaces in unexpected places. This week brought not just one but two references to pieces I wrote decades ago — quite literally:
- At SmashCut, Nathan Smith watched Star Wars Wars: All Six Films At Once and quoted from my 2005 review of Revenge of the Sith.
- Jordan Hoffmann managed to sneak a reference to my 1995 (!) essay “The Fractals of Familiarity and Innovation: Robert Hunter and the Grateful Dead concert experience” into a Playboy article on the Fare Thee Well concerts. That’s right, a paper I wrote in grad school made it into Playboy. The wonders never cease.
My photo of Emilie Faye accompanies an article by Kathryn Werntz on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website. Faye is one of the women involved in the “Live with Water” project in Pikine, a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, that is profiled in the article: “Dakar women grow herb business from floodwater.”
You can see all of my photos from Pikine on Flickr.
I’ve been in Dakar for a month now, and when I happened to break my eReader, it was finally time to write about it. You can read my essay “Third World Problems” on Medium. Discussed: mosquito nets, courier families, the Dakar Club Med, The Neverending Story, The Sheltering Sky, William Gibson’s The Peripheral, books as shelter, Wolof greetings.
Jürgen shared his ten favorite iPad apps for writers in the Huffington Post, including Evernote, GoodReader, and StoryCubes.
To save you untold hours of procrastination, here’s my current setup of ten apps for writing, drafting, outlining, editing, and generating story ideas, divided into five essentials and five remarkable aids for inspiration and creativity.
Read the article.