“New Orleans is the most interesting place to be from. Just like every other place.” – Maurice Ruffin
This generative session with New Orleans native Maurice Ruffin, author of The American Daughters, will cover techniques useful for writing everything from novels to short stories, memoir to poetry. To launch our conversation, we'll look at examples of work set in New Orleans, a city with unique historical and cultural aspects, and we'll talk about how the city's character is an animating force in these excerpts. Then we'll try our hand at writing our own work rich in a sense of place through in-class exercises, with voluntary sharing and feedback from Ruffin to follow.
This event is partially funded by a grant from South Arts and the NEA.
Note: The Porch's Visiting Writers Book Club will meet on Friday, March 22, 5:30pm at The Porch House to discuss The American Daughters, moderated by Susannah Felts. Register for the book club here!
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, which was longlisted for the Story Prize and was a finalist for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and International Dublin Literary Award. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, the Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University.
Maurice is new to The Porch. Welcome!