Atlanta author Marc Fitten loves talking about making sausage. Except the sausage is literature and the making it is writing and this whole food-flavored metaphor came out of discussing the 11 days Fitten spent as a faculty member at Yale’s Writer’s Conference in June.
Now Fitten — novelist, Hungarian enthusiast and generally genial guy — is bringing the sausage talk South, to Manuel’s Tavern, where he’ll spread out the lectures he developed for Yale across four weeks, discussing the act of writing, the art of writing, and the problems that happen in between.
It was a great experience at Yale, being with other writers and talking with other writers, Fitten says. When A Cappella Books owner Frank Reiss got word of it, he had an idea: “He said, 'Wow, he’d love to try and do something like that at the store,'” Fitten says.
The talks have titles like “Character and the Prisoner's Dilemma” and “The Business of Publishing,” but will be more casual than June’s conference and will include a “great little spiel about dolphins and how they practice art.”
What matters is the discussion. Fitten’s time “holed up” on a campus up North was inspiring; and there’s no reason he can’t repeat the experience here.
It’ll be fun — not in the way of “balloons and candy, but engaging,” Fitten says.
The big things, how and why we write stories, balance with the small: writing a character, building a scene.
“It’s good for sausage makers,” Fitten says, “to go around the table and discuss how they do it.”
Lectures began Mon., July 30 and continue weekly. Advanced registration is required by calling 404-681-5128 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $20 for one lecture, $35 for two, $45 for three, and $50 for four.
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