Landscape Implies Persona

Description necessities human observation.


What does your setting word choice imply about the personality and preferences of the narrator?


How can these intentional choices develop plot or poetic theme?


Don’t let the “yellow drapes description” be a missed opportunity.

Frequency Student Reading

Felix Edouard Vallotton

Join Frequency Writers for an afternoon reading of poetry and fiction produced by our students in the fall semister classes. There will be refreshments and time to mingle. This event is free and open to all.

Date: December 14, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 186 Carpenter Street

Class Reading


Underwater-Sculpture-BREEF Come to the Providence Athenaeum THIS Sunday November 23rd, 11am-12pm for a writing workshop! We will talk craft, look at the ways water and writing intersect, respond to a few prompts, and then share the products. This event is casual with cookies. This event is FREE to all!

AS220 Event – Live Bait: True Stories from Real People

@ 95 Empire Nov 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The theme for November’s show is Touché!

If anyone has a true-life story that somehow fits November’s theme, they absolutely must come to Live Bait, put their name in the fishbowl and, when their name is called, come up and tell it. Remember, Live Bait is a forum for true-life storytelling. No notes, no rants, no stand-up routines, and there is a six minute time limit. Of course, people are more than welcome to simply sit back and listen. Live Bait is hosted by Phil “The Host” Goldman, with musical accompaniment by Jerry “The Professor” Gregoire.

10:00 pm Friday, November 1st 2013

Tickets $7.00 – no reservations taken

95 Empire Black Box

95 Empire Street, Providence, RI

(401) 489-2555 for more information

The 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Nonfiction

Have you read any of these? Thoughts?


  • T.D. AllmanFinding Florida: The True Story of the Sunshine State (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Gretel EhrlichFacing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami (Pantheon Books/Random House)
  • Scott C. JohnsonThe Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
  • Wendy LowerHitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • James OakesFreedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865
    (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • George PackerThe Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Alan TaylorThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Terry TeachoutDuke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham Books/Penguin Group USA)
  • Lawrence WrightGoing Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)


Jabari Asim, André BernardM.G. Lord, Lauren Redniss, Eric Sundquist