By Erin Ehsani
Erin Ehsani is a former workshop leader and the current Summer Events Coordinator for NYWC. She is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at Columbia University.
In his 2008 memoir, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami wrote about the parallels between running and writing. “To keep on going,” he wrote, “you have to keep up the rhythm.” As the author of more than a dozen books and at least as many marathons, Murakami has the kind of endurance one needs to write and run.
Escape Manhattan, your apartment, or Starbucks, and bring your novel, screenplay, poem – or any creative writing project – and join a community of other writers ready to confront the blinking cursor. “In long-distance running,” Murakami says, “the only opponent you have to beat is yourself.” For those too gun-shy to write in public or paralyzed with writer’s block, we’ll have a first aid station ready with prompts.
This American Life’s Ira Glass (photo above by Stuart Mullenberg) will speak about storytelling and the creative process as marathoners refuel during the lunchtime talk.
Writers need to raise at least $150 to participate in the Write-A-Thon, which will feature break-out workshops, a first aid “prompt” station for Writer’s Block and prizes for the top pledge-getters. The proceeds benefit NYWC’s free creative writing programs for at-risk youth, seniors, formerly homeless, and others throughout New York City.