Interview with Rosellen Brown, award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, author of such books as Before and After, Half a Heart and Civil Wars. Hosted by Shelagh C. Shapiro, Write The Book airs on WOMM-LP 105.9 FM “The Radiator,” in Burlington, Vermont, every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Prompt: Today’s Write The Book Prompt was suggested by my guest, Rosellen Brown. This exercise is also taught by Nicholas Del Banco in his courses at the University of Michigan. Take two classic books and have the characters from one show up in the other. Write a scene in which a character from Mrs. Dalloway appears in The Sun Also Rises. What might happen? Would Pip, from Great Expectations, be a good friend for Tom Sawyer? Would Mr. Darcy be attracted to or repulsed by Daisy Buchanan? This may seem a little silly, but writing playfully and having fun is better than staring at the blank page. Like all exercises, this one might help you to open your mind and discover new things about voice.

Music credits: 1) “Dreaming 1″ - John Fink; 2) “Filter” - Dorset Greens (a Vermont band featuring several South Burlington High School students)

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  • Janell Breckenridge

    Pardon me for coming onto your site but I thought it the only way for me to get the titles of books written by Nicholas Del Banco. Through Google this was the only one that made reference to him. If you could take the time to send me these title I would be most appreciative. I have just been watching an interview with him on Newshour re the passing of J.D.Salinger. it would seem that Mr. Del Banco was a bit of an authorative on Salingers’ work. I hope this is not too much trouble. Also I would like the titles of your books. I will check them out at my local library. Regards and Thankyou Janell Breckenridge Albany Western Australia

    Jan 29, 2010 at 6:05 am