Richard Kraweic – Interview 3-08-15

2015 Pamlico Writers Conference and Competition

March 21, 2015 8:30am to 6pm

The Turnage Theatre

150 W. Main Street, Washington, NC 27889

Richard Krawiec teaches online at UNC Chapel Hill. He has won the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award. He is the founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active Literary Publisher. Richard Krawiec has published 2 novels, Time Sharing and Faith in What?, a story collection, And Fools of God, 2 books of poetry, She Hands me the Razor and Breakdown, and 4 plays, as well as 2 young adult biographies, and book reviews and feature articles for national publications. We are pleased to announce that he will be presenting an afternoon workshop titled, “How to Write About Sex Without Getting Arrested.” Make sure you get a seat for this one.

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Richard Kraweic
Prose writer & Poet,
Editor/Publisher Jacar Press,
Professor, UNC, Chapel Hill

Richard Krawiec:  Every good writer, will tell you it’s in revision you do your best work. Yes, we all like that spark of initial inspiration, but it’s when you revise that you get to really focus in and use all your skills.
Interestingly, this discussion has application to the workshop I’m doing. Writing is not dissimilar to making love. You have that initial attraction to a subject, or situation, or observation, that drives you to engagement. It is exhilarating, that first time. But in the aftermath of that, the prelude to revisiting the same story or poem, the same lover, for another encounter, that’s where you can s pay attention to the whole body of the story or poem. Take your time to trace a line here, explore with your fingers there, go over every phrase, sentence, word – decide when and where to slow down and linger, when and how to move more forcefully, when to hold on, as if with a kiss, when to let go.
But just as people aren’t the same, and have different needs, you don’t revise poetry and prose in the same way. Poetry is more vertical, a line by line exploration, checking each image, sound, rhythm, break. Prose is horizonatl – going over from start to finish, top to bottom. It’s focused on clarification of the overall development scee by scene.
In poetry, the precision of language is what you’re after. Trying to craft the work image by image, make each image resonate against the others.
In prose there’s more of a concern with direct causality. Daoes action A lead to B,and B to C. The action drives a prose piece, and the revision focuses on making sure that’s in order. Action and reaction – those are the basic movements in prose.
In poetry, observations interweave with ideas. That’s what moves most poems forward.
Poets can tinker with one or two lines for an hour or two and feel they’ve accomplished something. Prose writers need to work on several pages at least, or else they feel like they’re cheating themselves.

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