Andre Dubus III has taught two Summer Words writing workshops: Fiction in 2014 and Memoir in 2015.
Andre Dubus III is the author of six books, including The New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture), and his memoir, Townie (a #4 New York Times-bestseller). His most recent book, Dirty Love, was published in 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times Notable Book, a 2013 Notable Fiction choice from the Washington Post, and a Kirkus Starred Best Book of 2013. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award in Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
“The Creative Life” at Summer Words 2015
Featuring Andre Dubus III, Dani Shapiro, and Ann Hood
Moderated by Adrienne Brodeur
A favorite quote from Andre’s 2014 panel: The Creative Life
“For me, this whole notion of writing is that the writing is larger than the writer, and it’s an act of excavating something and finding something real in your imagination. And sometimes you lose the scent, like a hunting dog, and you actually have to write your way through the brush. You actually have to write 60 or 70 dead pages you’re not excited about at all. In fact, they make you feel like you’re not a writer, you’re a loser, and everybody knows. So, I learned not to walk away from it when I’m half-stuck. But when I’m totally stuck, I do walk away for about three days. And I have to get physical. I have to go for a run, go to the dump, clean my house, build a shed. Get drunk, in fact.”
Andre Dubus Returns to Aspen Summer Words
Aspen Times, Andrew Travers, June 22, 2015
8 Authors on the Creative Life and the Craft of Writing
Aspen Idea Blog, Barbara Dills, September 8, 2014
This post was written by Caroline Tory