by Victoria Olsen (Writers 7)
If love comes first, what comes second? Death, Jong implies in this collection of mature poems by the well-established feminist writer. She writes about losing friends, hospital visits, aging relationships, but also the immortality of art and beauty. The common denominator in this diverse and accomplished collection is love, the glue that holds all these relationships together and makes the struggles bearable. continue
by Leighann Lord (Woodhull Alumna)
Not a lot of people wear their college ring, but it’s a touch more convenient than sporting a framed degree around your neck. I still wear my ring for sentimental reasons and was quite distraught recently when I lost it. “Where’s the last place you saw it?” my Husband asked as delicately as he could. “Right in front of me!” It was in my dresser drawer, tucked inside my travel jewelry case and then it was gone. I should have been comforted by the fact that at least I lost the ring in the house, but I’ve known stuff to go missing in there for years.
Sentimental pack rat that I am, I still have my Catholic high school ring. The choices back then were very basic: gold or silver band, red or blue stone. The bigger deal was Junior Ring Day. I received my ring in a lovely year end ceremony, after which the race was on. The tradition was to get as many people as possible to turn your ring twice to the right, and kiss you on the cheek so you wouldn’t become a nun. Apparently it worked, since the vocations are on steep decline. continue
Sappho’s Leap is an amazing fictional reconstruction of the life of the poet Sappho. Set during the 7th century b.c., Erica Jong brilliantly combines Greek mythology with a touch of history and excerpts from Sappho’s poetry. Like any good fiction, Sappho’s Leap speaks to the heart and the imagination of its reader. continue
Need to work on book proposals and pitching ideas?
Want to work with some of the big names
in the business?
If you answered yes, then this is the Retreat for you!
Woodhull is holding its first FICTION Writers’ Retreat. In a weekend of writing instruction and one-on-one critique, participants gain fundamental knowledge of: novels and young adult book proposals and pitching ideas and marketing trends with Barbara Victor and Melissa Walker.
Spaces are filling up quickly, so sign up today! Contact Laura Sinkman, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for an application and a flier to share with your personal and professional networks
BARBARA VICTOR is a journalist who has covered the Middle East for most of her career, has interviewed many of the major heads of state in that area of the world, including Yasser Arafat; King Hassan; Yitzak Rabin; Ariel Sharon and King Hussein. She is the author of five novels, Absence of Pain, Misplaced Lives, Friends, Lovers, Enemies, Coriander, and Reckless.
MELISSA WALKER is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She has written for a number of newspaper and magazines. In late 2008, she launched iheartdaily.com with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It’s a daily newsletter about likable stuff for a teen audience. Her young adult novels include: Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design, Violet in Private, and Lovestruck Summer.
Date: November 13-14, 2009
Where: Woodhull Retreat Center, Ancramdale, NY (transportation available from Grand Central Station, NYC)
Cost: $495* includes tuition, materials, room and board. (For an additional $50 you can spending the night on Friday Evening.)
*The Woodhull Institutes’s goal is to make it possible for every woman to participate in one of our powerful training programs. To this end, we offer need-based financial aid and scholarships. Further, substantial discounts are available to alumnae and members.