An assortment of essays drDOCTOR has had the pleasure of featuring through the years. These are essays on what we talk about and what we think about when we talk about and think about writing, and when we’re writing:
“There, There: On Atmosphere and Isolation” by Marianne Mckey (Sept 3 2015)
“Like Hazel Motes what I’d seen of the world away from home became too much to bear and I wanted to return to something familiar even if it no longer existed, even if going back meant I died a bit.” Marianne Mckey’s “There, There: On Atmosphere and Isolation” is an essay on being there, whether there is there or not there, and whether or not you are there too. It is an essay on going back to where you were and being where you are, defining what home is by defining what “defining home” does to your memories of home. From Florida to New York and back again, to what there is in between, “There, There” is MFA vs NYC vs FLA.
A study of writers’ studies. Where and how they work. The patients/patience ratio. All in all, what does a day of writing look like?
#1 The Doctor’s Office of Dr. C.D. Hermelin (Apr 23 2014)
Writer and founder of the typewriter project The Roving Typist, C.D. Hermelin, discusses the importance of having drinks and candy and a stack of key books on hand at all times. From Book One of My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard to the second book in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy and C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hermelin writes, “You never know what might spark you.”
#2 The Doctor’s Office of Dr. Artrit Bytyçi (June 27 2014)
Artrit Bytyçi walks us through his multi-medium approach to getting words down in his office in Queens, New York. “Once I get in the right mood and my mind is primed with memories and feelings, I revert to a more time-honored technology – the pen. I am a big fan of fountain pens and love using blue ink to get my ideas on the page. It feels more like painting than writing. I have been doing the same ever since I wrote by candlelight, and I still do it now illuminated by a cheap lamp.”
#3 The Doctor’s Office of Dr. Gilmarie Brioso (July 16 2014)
Gilmarie Brioso describes the importance of windows and movement and her setup in her Bronx apartment noting, “I do my writing at home, but when I get stuck, movement is critical. It doesn’t surprise me anymore that my best work and ideas come to me on the 4-train.”
Writing workshops bring together two of the most difficult things in life: writing and other people. wkshopWORKSHOP is a feature meant to show what workshops are like for the lucky few that aren’t in an MFA program while also getting at some rules for the rest of us in or entering an MFA program on how work should be shopped.
“My own experience with writing a pantoum was like putting together and taking apart a matryoshka doll, except that the size of the pieces changed every time you touched them.” Sean Edgley’s piece on pantoum poems offers insight into the workshop process, one that worked out well.
“Workshop can be a pill and it can be pretty difficult to swallow. When my own work is being shopped I usually enter the classroom hoping to get it over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. But as the process unfolds I find myself warming to it.” wkshopWORKSHOP Prescription with a Follow-Up Visit Q & A with the doctors. You can find Rebekah online at RebekahBergman.com.