Acclaimed novelist Faith Sullivan makes her first appearance in Door County June 16-18. During her stay, she will give a reading from her latest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, at the Miller Art Museum, co-sponsored by The Friends of Door County Libraries and the Peninsula Bookman on Thursday, June 16; lead a writing workshop at Write On on Friday, June 17; and visit with readers and sign books at Fair Isle Books on Washington Island on Saturday, June 18.
How did you become involved with Write On, Door County?
I became involved with Write On, Door County because Jerod Santek described the program and the place with such loving enthusiasm. And, one or two writer friends had exclaimed over their happy experiences here. Non-writer friends said, “You haven’t been to Door County?? It’s heaven. You must go!”
What can people taking your workshop, “Really? Write About That?!” or attending your readings expect?
When I talk about writing and reading, I want to communicate the enthusiasm I feel and the joy involved in the “word business,” which is the business of both writers and readers. It is my greatest desire to share whatever knowledge I have of both writing and reading. If someone attending one of my workshops goes away having gained a new insight, skill, or self-confidence, I am thrilled. Writing habits and techniques aren’t meant to be a darkly held secret. Only a very insecure writer doesn’t want to give away all they know of their craft.
What advice can you give to aspiring Write On writers?
Write what most deeply involves you. Your subjects should be the things stuck in your head, the stuff of your dreams, good or bad dreams, the stuff that won’t go away and needs to be dealt with. Find a story that will accommodate these compulsions — for lack of a better word — and write it.