Don't be fooled by the grim-faced picture. It was the only unblinking one. For me, words are worth a thousand pictures. I'm looking forward to saying hi to all of you.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Have I Got a Guy for You!" Book Party

It's at 80 West 40th St. I arrive at a locked office building. A party here? I think. But I see the sign for Olive & Alicia. That's what it says on the invitation. I wait. Some employee that's leaving lets me in. Feeling really important, I take the elevator up to the Pent House. No one seems to be there. Bags of garbage at my ankles, I tap on the glass door of an open office. "Have I got a guy for you!" I call in. I wait. Nobody's there. A woman in the elevator says that Olive & Alicia also have an office on the sixth floor. On the sixth floor, I find designers working on Olive & Alicia's fashions. I explain that like most writers, I'm lost. They tell me it's in the next building, right in the store.

The party is like a scene from Sex in the City. Next. Sushi, champagne, some of the most gorgeous women trying on fabulous clothes and shoes. (The writers get 20% off.) The press there. Alix Strauss, the editor, presiding over it like Samantha.

Here's the link to the article about it in Radar: (Ahem, I'm mentioned.)http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/05/have-i-got-a-guy-for-you.php#more

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Registration for my summer Intermediate Class in Writing the Personal Essay is starting now!

From the New York Time's Modern Love essays to Newsweeks My Turn, to best selling anthologies in every bookstore in the country, personal essays have captured everyone's attention. In this class you'll learn how to turn your thoughts, feelings and experiences into real, funny, and deeply moving art. Memoir can take years to finish. This is a quick form. You will learn how to use literary tools to polish your essays for publication. And at the end of this course, you will have at least one, possibly two essay ready to send out and ideas of where to send them.

Requirement: Personal Essay l or any other Nonfiction class or permission from instructor with writing sample.

Go to the UCLA Extension summer registration website, open NONFICTION ll and you will find my intermediate class.