I thought all it took was a ZIP Code and a pen. Boy, was I wrong.
On April 12 at Long Island University, author and Brooklyn transplant Colson Whitehead (who, according to his Web site “was born and raised in New York City. Manhattan, actually.”) will give a lecture entitled, “Becoming a New York Writer.”
I somehow doubt it’s a class on blogging til a book deal comes along or finding coffee shops with free WiFi connections. So what wisdom does the MacArthur “genius” have to impart to Brooklyn’s aspiring writers? We actually don’t know because he didn’t call us back.
Whitehead’s path from Manhattan’s posh Trinity School to Harvard to the hallowed halls of LIU is hardly typical of New York writers (aren’t the rest of us moving from barista to temp to freelancer?). In any case, he’ll no doubt be able to clue attendees in on what it takes to become important enough to lead lectures on obtuse topics.
“Becoming a New York Writer” will take place at 6 pm on April 12 in the Health Sciences Building of Long Island University (Flatbush Avenue Extension and DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn). For information, call (718) 488-1050 or visit www.liu.edu.