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Preview of Fall 2012


Fall 2012 at the Hunter Writing Center promises to be extraordinary. . . in fact the whole year promises to be extraordinary. The new Tina Flaherty Winston Churchill series that launched on June 8th at the Morgan Library will continue at Hunter's renowned Roosevelt House on September 19th with the eminent scholar/historian Andrew Roberts. In October you won't want to miss author/teacher Sidney Offit discussing his best friend, the late Kurt Vonnegut: their friendship and Vonnegut's signature vision as it continues to be relevant today. Joyce Carol Oates, our Gerta Vanderbilt Whitney Connor Guest Writer, will appear twice this fall, once in October and again in November, and real estate titan Dan Rose will give the Jack Burstyn Memorial Lecture. Speaking of lectures, the distinguished sculptress Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas has generously endowed a new lectureship that will commence in November with our first Stong-Cuevas speaker, Gay Talese.

If you are up for a master course, you might want to sign up for either Daphne Merkin teaching her famous memoir class, or the New Yorker's Patricia Marx giving a workshop on "How to Be Funny." To give you a sense of Patty's humor, consider that in her resume she credits herself with having won the "Friederich Medal," an award she created and named after her air-conditioner. In addition to our other fine writing courses we offer some new ones this year including "Editing for Self-Editors," taught by Beena Kamlani, a senior editor at Viking Penguin where she once edited the great Saul Bellow. All of our regular courses are of course available, and I should mention that in the Spring we have invited some of the literary greats for our Best-Selling Author Series, and some of the finest minds on the planet for our Great Thinker's Series. For major supporters of the Hunter Writing Center you can look forward to the exclusive, by invitation only Benefactor's Dinner at Doubles in March. . . and once again our Hunter Writer's Conference this year will be held on Saturday June 13th. If you haven't visited us before please know that all our speaking events are free though we urge you to R.S.V.P since there are limited spaces and seating is on a first come first serve basis.

If anyone has not yet purchased "Favorite Words of Famous People," by your blogger you probably should. . . I cannot imagine a more enjoyable read. . . words and essays from the funniest and finest intellects around. And you might also tune in to my radio show, The Lewis Burke Frumkes Show, Sunday nights on WPAT-AM at 8PM. I have been interviewing high-profile personalities from the worlds of arts and sciences for the last 30 years and if you wish to meet writers you have read up close and personal, as they say, this radio show is as close as you can come to live broadcasting. I edit nothing. We take risks this way but the result is very entertaining and sui generis. Hope your life goes well and that you will join us at Hunter this Fall. We are doing all this for you.

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