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Interview with Liza Weiland

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The Art & Craft of Writing!

Liza WeilandLiza Wieland is an American novelist, short story writer and poet. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council. Her work has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. Her novel A Watch of Nightingales won the 2008 Michigan Literary Fiction Award. Liza earned her B.A. in English from Harvard and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has taught at Colorado College and California State University-Fresno, and has been a Professor of English at East Carolina University since 2007.

Liza will be a presenter in the panel discussion that will kick off the 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference. Her experience as a published author of several outstanding novels will guide her in talking about writing a query letter, getting an agent, and working with a publisher. In the following interview, she shares some of her thoughts about her career in writing.

PWCC:   Liza, when did you decide and what lead you to become a writer?

Liza:        I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I told long, coincidence-laden stories to my first grade class and began writing them in second grade. I always loved words. Both my parents were readers.

PWCC:   What other genres did you explore?

Liza:        I began writing stories but then discovered poetry when I was eight or nine and wrote poems until I was in my late 20’s.

PWCC:   Which genre would you now consider to be your “passion”?

Liza:        I write mostly fiction now.

PWCC:   Does your writing interface with your teaching?

Liza:        Well, I teach only writing courses, so the interface is close. I do talk to students about what I’m working on, though not in great detail. But it sometimes happens that I’m having the same struggles as they are.

PWCC:   Is some, most, or all of your writing conceived through personal experience?

Liza:         Some.

PWCC:   Do you consider commercial value when choosing subjects and characters for your stories or poems?

Liza:        Not really. Subjects and characters choose me.

PWCC:   Do you have an agent, and if so, how did you find him/her?

Liza:        I’ll talk about this at the conference.

PWCC:   I look forward eagerly to that discussion. What is your favorite of all your works?

Liza:        I’m fond of all of them. I try to choose but I can’t.

PWCC:   If you had to do it over again, what would you do differently?

Liza:        I wouldn’t have been so quick to leave New York City after I finished my graduate work.

PWCC:   What or who has been the greatest influence in your writing?

Liza:        My high school teachers. And reading.

PWCC:   And what a nice accolade for teachers in public education, not to mention the reminder that we should all continue to read and learn about our art and craft, and create quality writing that serves as a model for the young. Thanks Liza.

Doris Schneider

Pamlico Writers Conference & Competition
Saturday, March 8, 2014          9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Washington Civic Center, Washington, NC

Website:  www.pamlicowritersconference.org


About Pamlico Writers Group

This is a publication of the Pamlico Writers Group, created to help promote and advance writers skills along with expanding our groups membership and reach. Our aim on this site is to keep you our readers and participants aware of upcoming events. Topics covered during the year will be news regarding our annual Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition, co-sponsored with Arts of the Pamlico, discussion of and from our conferences, participants and group news. PWG's Steering Committee has finalized details for our 5th Annual Pamlico Writers Conference on March 17 & 18th, 2017 at The Turnage Theatre, 150 W. Main St., Washington, NC. This year's theme is "Words," Image and Story". Our Friday night keynote speaker this year will be Author, Teacher, Speaker, and Director of Lavenson Studios, Zelda Lockhart. For more information on Ms. Lockhart visit her website at: http://www.zeldalockhart.com/. For a complete schedule of Friday night and Saturday events, go to our website at: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Be sure to check back often for more details of this and other events we have planned. The companion juried writing competition submissions opened on January 1, 2017. Winners are announced and an awards ceremony will be held during our Friday night Kick-Off Event. If you'd like more information on guidelines for entries, please go to our website: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/ All registrations for both conference and/or entry into the competition will be made through our web site: https://www.pamlicowritersgroup.wildapricot.org/. Again, see site for complete details. Thank you for visiting! We hope to see you again soon. **If you are a writer interested in finding a critique group or other writers, we encourage you to come and join us. If you life at a distance please don't let that diswade you, we have several members who participate predominately on-line. Our meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 pm here in Washington, NC at the Turnage Theatre. We would love to hear from you regarding comments or ideas you have for the group. This blog is authored by members of our writer's group. Thank you for stopping by. See you soon, Kaylene Wilson Program Coordinator


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