Monday, September 03, 2012

Catching up with Marion Dane Bauer

During the July 2012 residency, Marion Dane Bauer was awarded an honorary MFA by Vermont College of Fine Arts. We as an institution owe her so much. It seems trite to say we wouldn't be the program we are today without her, but it's true.

Marion continues to push herself, still thinks and rethinks the craft of writing for young readers. Here's more on Little Dog, Lost, her new novel in verse. Here's the starred review from Kirkus.

Littledoglost

And oh yes, read what Marion says about novels in verse at The Hate-Mongering Tart. Using form as a challenge instead of staying where you're comfortable--brave writers do that.

Snippet: Verse novels, I have been known to opine, rarely accomplish fiction’s most important task, inhabiting their characters fully.

But Marion is one of those rare writers who promises nothing that she will not deliver with clarity and honesty. Count on that.

Still more. On Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00 pm EST, Marion offers a free, live teleconference call on picture books, and then a webinar a week later, on point of view and psychic distance.

The initial events are free--signup is required. The content remains free and accessible for 24 hours, after which it will be downloadable for a modest fee. It's a wonderful opportunity. Those who have never been taught by Marion will encounter the wealth of her knowledge, her marvelous, dry wit, and her incisive way of getting to the heart of the work we hold dear. And maybe some of us who miss her still can get to revisit the love.

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