Wow! It's hard to believe that my residency is almost over. Just last week I was still reviewing manuscripts and now I'm preparing for the farewell event on Wednesday.
During my time with TPL, I've met many wonderful people, and I will miss all of you. But, before it's over, I hope you'll come by and say 'hello" or "goodbye" in person this wednesday between 6:30-8:30PM, when I, along with four excellent writers, will be reading and taking questions from the audience.
The four guest writers for the farewell event are: Phoebe Tsang, Max Hancock, E. Rose Hamilton, and Rebecca Bray. (Full event details can be found on the TPL website.) I chose these four to represent the program because each of them has produced work that is polished and precise, and reveals a fresh new voice. I know they'll motivate you.
To all the aspiring writers who came to see me and shared their stories, memoirs, and novel excerpts, you are each a testament to the importance of programs such as this one. I wish you good luck, and remind you once again that your writing is important, simply because it is yours. Keep going!