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Norman Mailer: On Writing Classes


'I learned a great deal from writing classes. … And it also chops down that terribly unstable vanity that young writers have, you know, where they think, ‘I’m a great writer’, and at the same time they can’t take a single criticism, and writing courses are good for that. They weather you. It’s a little bit like a kid who wants to play varsity football but never tries out for the team. So you go to that writing class and you get toughened up a little.'
(‘Norman Mailer Interview’, The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004) Source for Quote


Writing Courses in March 2014
How to write a memoir - Secrets of a Memoirist: 24-27 March (Johannesburg)
How to write a book - Writers Write: 24-27 March (Cape Town)
How to write a short story - Short Cuts: 29 March (Johannesburg)
How to write for business – The Plain Language Programme: 11-12 March (Johannesburg)
Email news@writerswrite.co.za for more information.

Norman Mailer: On Writing Classes

'I learned a great deal from writing classes. … And it also chops down that terribly unstable vanity that young writers have, you know, where they think, ‘I’m a great writer’, and at the same time they can’t take a single criticism, and writing courses are good for that. They weather you. It’s a little bit like a kid who wants to play varsity football but never tries out for the team. So you go to that writing class and you get toughened up a little.'

(‘Norman Mailer Interview’, The Academy of Achievement, June 12, 2004) Source for Quote
Writing Courses in March 2014
  1. How to write a memoir - Secrets of a Memoirist: 24-27 March (Johannesburg)
  2. How to write a book - Writers Write: 24-27 March (Cape Town)
  3. How to write a short story - Short Cuts: 29 March (Johannesburg)
  4. How to write for business – The Plain Language Programme: 11-12 March (Johannesburg)

Email news@writerswrite.co.za for more information.

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"One thing I’ve learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don’t feel it; there’s probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that."
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Happy Birthday, Norman Mailer, born 31 January 1923, died 10 November 2007 
Norman Mailer: 10 Quotes On Writing

Happy Birthday, Norman Mailer, born 31 January 1923, died 10 November 2007 

Norman Mailer: 10 Quotes On Writing

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Literary Birthday - 31 January
Happy Birthday, Norman Mailer, born 31 January 1923, died 10 November 2007
Norman Mailer: 10 Quotes
Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
One of my basic notions for a long, long time is that there is this mysterious mountain out there called reality. We novelists are always trying to climb it. We are mountaineers, and the question is, Which face do you attack? Different faces call for different approaches, and some demand a knotty and convoluted interior style. Others demand great simplicity. The point is that style is an attack on the nature of reality.
I don’t know if I need seclusion, but I do like to be alone in a room.
Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.
Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.
It’s difficult to write about childhood. I never felt I understood it in any novel way. I never felt other authors did either. Not particularly. I think the portrait of childhood which is given by most writers is rarely true to anything more than the logic of their novel. 
Every one of my books had killed me a little more.
I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. 
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate. He wrote more than 40 books and won the Pulitzer Prize twice, and the National Book Award.His first novel was The Naked and the Dead. His best work was considered to be The Executioner’s Song. Along with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative non-fiction.He married six times, finally settling down with artist Norris Church Mailer. They were together for 30 years. 
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Literary Birthday - 31 January

Happy Birthday, Norman Mailer, born 31 January 1923, died 10 November 2007

Norman Mailer: 10 Quotes

  1. Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
  2. One of my basic notions for a long, long time is that there is this mysterious mountain out there called reality. We novelists are always trying to climb it. We are mountaineers, and the question is, Which face do you attack? Different faces call for different approaches, and some demand a knotty and convoluted interior style. Others demand great simplicity. The point is that style is an attack on the nature of reality.
  3. I don’t know if I need seclusion, but I do like to be alone in a room.
  4. Writing can wreck your body. You sit there on the chair hour after hour and sweat your guts out to get a few words.
  5. Writer’s block is only a failure of the ego.
  6. It’s difficult to write about childhood. I never felt I understood it in any novel way. I never felt other authors did either. Not particularly. I think the portrait of childhood which is given by most writers is rarely true to anything more than the logic of their novel. 
  7. Every one of my books had killed me a little more.
  8. I think it’s bad to talk about one’s present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
  9. Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists. 
  10. The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.

Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate. He wrote more than 40 books and won the Pulitzer Prize twice, and the National Book Award.
His first novel was The Naked and the Dead. His best work was considered to be The Executioner’s SongAlong with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative non-fiction.
He married six times, finally settling down with artist Norris Church Mailer. They were together for 30 years. 

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

— 1 year ago with 86 notes
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"It’s too disturbing to read a writer with a good style when you’re in the middle of putting your work together. It’s very much like taking your car apart and having all the pieces on the floor when somebody rides by in a Ferrari. Now, you may hear a note in the Ferrari that isn’t good and say, That motor needs a little tuning. But nonetheless the car is there and yours is on the floor. So while I’m working on a book, I rarely read more than The New York Times."
Norman Mailer
— 1 year ago with 218 notes
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Norman Mailer’s apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

(Source: The New York Times)

— 1 year ago with 161 notes
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