John and Stephanie Vanderslice will be with us from the University of Central Arkansas where they both teach creative writing. John will read from his latest novel, The Last Days of Oscar Wilde. Stephanie will read from her most recent book, The Geeks Guide to the Writing Life: An Instructional Memoir for Prose Writers.
Meet Oscar Wilde. His life is ending.
The year is 1898. Wilde's reputation is in ruins.
After the scandal, after the trial, and after the incarceration at Reading Gaol, Wilde lives in precarious exile in Paris. His friends urge him to start another great work, a new play or poem. But Wilde's attention is elsewhere: on the mysteries of art, on the demands of love, and on a final great flowering of the spirit.
"The Last Days of Oscar Wilde masterfully merges insight and imagination with the historical and literary record to provide a portrait that is rich and nuanced and utterly compelling." Rachel Hall, author of Heirlooms
"Evocative... The Last Days of Oscar Wilde is a reminder of the destructive power of senseless persecution." Jennifer Steil, author of The Ambassador's Wife
The desire to create, to write, to fulfil our artistic dreams is a powerful human need. Yet the number of people who make a living solely by their pen is actually quite small. What does that mean for the rest of us, the self-described writing geeks, who are passionate about writing and who still want to sustain successful literary lives? What does it really mean to find time to build a rewarding writing life while pursuing a career, being a partner or raising a family, in the distracted, time-deprived, 21st-century? In The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life, based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name, Stephanie Vanderslice shares the secrets and tools to developing a successful, rewarding writing practice in a way that inspires the reader to persevere through the inevitable lows and even the highs of a literary life, so that anyone can pursue the path to realizing their artistic dreams.