writing https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png writing https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 27 May 2024 06:06:26 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:43:00 -0400 Author Stephen Schottenfeld to read from most recent work at Roz Steiner Gallery in May https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/author-stephen-schottenfeld-to-read-from-most-recent-work-at-roz-steiner-gallery-in-may Press release:

Noted author Stephen Schottenfeld will present a reading on Wednesday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College.

"Bluff City Pawn" is Schottenfeld's most recent work, published in 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. The story follows a Memphis, Tenn., pawnshop owner as he enlists his brother's help in a scheme to acquire a valuable gun collection. Through the lives of three brothers, the book explores themes of class, family, race, ownership and loyalty during tough economic times where desperation and the drive to get ahead dominate.

He also completed a story collection, "Miss Ellen Jameson Is Not Deceased," and he is currently at work on his next novel. His stories have been published in various publications, including The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and New England Review.

His work has garnered a grant from the Michener/Copernicus Society of America, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Schottenfeld holds a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, where he is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He currently is the James P. Wilmot assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.

JoNelle Toriseva, Creative Writing Club co-advisor and director of English, Communications & Media Arts, invited Schottenfeld to campus to share his work and creative process with students and the local community.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/author-stephen-schottenfeld-to-read-from-most-recent-work-at-roz-steiner-gallery-in-may#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/author-stephen-schottenfeld-to-read-from-most-recent-work-at-roz-steiner-gallery-in-may Apr 20, 2017, 7:43pm writing Author Stephen Schottenfeld to read from most recent work at Roz Steiner Gallery in May Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Noted author <strong>Stephen Schottenfeld</strong> will present a reading on&nbsp;<strong>Wednesday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m.&nbsp;</strong>in the <strong>Roz Steiner Art Gallery</strong> at the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College.</p> <p>"Bluff City Pawn" is Schottenfeld's most recent work, published in 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. The story follows a</p>
Convesations with Calliope- Writing Challenges https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/convesations-calliope-writing-challenges/14243  

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I missed you yesterday.
JOE: Alas I had no energy left by the time I completed everything yesterday.
CALLIOPE: Did you finish all your projects?
JOE: Yes. My column/ newsletter went out as planned. I will share it with you on Monday.
CALLIOPE: What about the other projects.
JOE: You saw the book review on Monday. Yesterday I finished my article on Crime Victims and Spirituality.
CALLIOPE: Sounds like a challenge.
JOE: Indeed it was. The hardest part was condensing it into 500 words. I kept wanting to explain more but realized there wasn’t room.
CALLIOPE: At least you finished it. When will I see it?
JOE: I’d be glad to post it here for you. However contractually, I have to wait until it is published in the newspaper. First serial rights, you know. See you Monday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/convesations-calliope-writing-challenges/14243#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/convesations-calliope-writing-challenges/14243 Mar 27, 2010, 7:43am writing Convesations with Calliope- Writing Challenges jlangen <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <div> <p><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/avatarwriterman.gif"></a></p> <p>JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I missed you yesterday.<br> JOE: Alas I had no energy left by the time I completed everything yesterday.<br> CALLIOPE: Did you finish all your projects?<br> JOE: Yes. My column/ newsletter went out as planned. I will share it with you on</p></div></div>
Conversations with Calliope- Writing Frenzy https://www.thebatavian.com/joseph-langen/conversations-with-calliope-writing-frenzy/14113

Clotheslines

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good Morning Joe. Sounds like you have been busy.
JOE: I have been. Over the weekend I wrote a book review and today I wrote my column which I will share with you on Saturday. I didn’t get to the spirituality and victim article yet. Would you like to read the book review?
CALLIOPE: I would.
JOE: Okay, Here it is:

Review of Positively Quit, by Cassius Cheong, published by Positively Quit $14.95.

If you want to quite smoking, do you begin cold turkey, gradually, or with nicotine replacement? Cassius Cheong’s Positively Quit Manual suggests starting in your head. What do you think about smoking and more importantly about yourself and your relationship with cigarettes? The approach is logical and detailed but easy to follow. It starts with how you view yourself and the process of quitting. Next you will consider assumptions about smoking, reasons people start smoking and justifications for smoking. Then it debunks common false beliefs about the benefits of smoking.

The manual provides a step by step approach to preparing to quit, managing smoking triggers, handling the first day and then maintaining progress. The guide is comprehensive yet succinct. The steps are clearly laid out in order and accompanied by checklists to keep you organized.

The author supports his opinions with research conclusions. You don’t have to wade through endless pages to find the conclusions. Research findings are laid out clearly and cited with references for those interested in a more detailed account. Cheong also includes a list of twenty-three books to help round out your self improvement quest.

This approach is designed for “smokers who are rational, independent-minded and determined to quite for good.” It is a complete but concise guide to success with smoking cessation even if your previous efforts have left a bad taste in your mouth.

JOE: That’s it. Talk with you on Friday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joseph-langen/conversations-with-calliope-writing-frenzy/14113#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joseph-langen/conversations-with-calliope-writing-frenzy/14113 Mar 22, 2010, 3:58pm writing Conversations with Calliope- Writing Frenzy jlangen <p> </p><div> <div> <div><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/100_2953.jpg"></a> <p>Clotheslines</p> </div> <p>JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good Morning Joe. Sounds like you have been busy.<br> JOE: I have been. Over the weekend I wrote a book review and today I wrote my column which I will share with you on Saturday. I didn’t get to the spirituality and victim article</p></div></div>
Conversations with Calliope- Victims and Spirituality https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14039  

Storm Clouds

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Nice to hear from you.
JOE: It’s nice to have some time for myself.
CALLIOPE: What’s going on?
JOE: I was asked to write an article about crime victims and spirituality.
CALLIOPE: I didn’t know you were an expert in this area.
JOE: I’m not, but then no one else seems to be either and the spirituality dimension is missing from the other considerations.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more.
JOE: I’ve started to research the topic and found some useful information. Now it is a matter of making it coherent.
CALLIOPE: Will you share it when it is finished?
JOE: I will have to wait until it is published first. Then I’d be glad to. Talk with you on Monday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14039#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14039 Mar 19, 2010, 11:59am writing Conversations with Calliope- Victims and Spirituality jlangen <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/100_1428.jpg"></a> <p>Storm Clouds</p> </div> <p>JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Nice to hear from you.<br> JOE: It’s nice to have some time for myself.<br> CALLIOPE: What’s going on?<br> JOE: I was asked to write an article about crime victims and spirituality.<br> CALLIOPE: I didn’t know you were an expert</p>
Conversations with Calliope- Victims and Spirituality https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14038  

Storm Clouds

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Nice to hear from you.
JOE: It’s nice to have some time for myself.
CALLIOPE: What’s going on?
JOE: I was asked to write an article about crime victims and spirituality.
CALLIOPE: I didn’t know you were an expert in this area.
JOE: I’m not, but then no one else seems to be either and the spirituality dimension is missing from the other considerations.
CALLIOPE: Tell me more.
JOE: I’ve started to research the topic and found some useful information. Now it is a matter of making it coherent.
CALLIOPE: Will you share it when it is finished?
JOE: I will have to wait until it is published first. Then I’d be glad to. Talk with you on Monday.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14038#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-victims-and-spirituality/14038 Mar 19, 2010, 11:59am writing Conversations with Calliope- Victims and Spirituality jlangen <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/100_1428.jpg"></a> <p>Storm Clouds</p> </div> <p>JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Nice to hear from you.<br> JOE: It’s nice to have some time for myself.<br> CALLIOPE: What’s going on?<br> JOE: I was asked to write an article about crime victims and spirituality.<br> CALLIOPE: I didn’t know you were an expert</p>
Conversations with Calliope- Monday Morning https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-monday-morning/13944

Bird Feeders

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE:  Good morning Joe. How is this week going so far?
JOE: For the first time in a while last Monday, I woke up feeling some stress with all I had to work on during the week.
CALLIOPE: And this morning?
JOE: No stress. I accomplished all I set out to do last week and feel quite relaxed today.
CALLIOPE: What’s going on in your writing world?
JOE: I finished reading two of Nancy Kress’s novels and got a good sense of how she puts into practice what she writes about construction and characters in fiction.
CALLIOPE: And next?
JOE: I found three of her books on the craft of writing and will start delving into them in more detail.
CALLIOPE: Sounds good. And GO ART?
JOE: All is well. My first program with Sybil Reisch is in order and I have started working on a poetry program for April, National Poetry Month. Talk with you on Friday.

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Characters https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/characters/13893 Characters

March 12, 2010 at 8:02 am (Uncategorized) · Edit

Nineteenth Century Press

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Is it Friday already?
JOE: It is. It’s nice to have some leisure this morning.
CALLIOPE: What have you been doing all week?
JOE: I am in the midst of developing four programs. The first is a conversation with Sybil Reisch, whom I mentioned before. Everything is finalized including publicity distribution.
CALLIOPE: What about your column?
JOE: The one on characters in our lives? That’s ready too.  I combined two meanings of character.
CALLIOPE: You mean an unusual person and the quality of stability?
JOE: Yes. I had no trouble writing it after the topic inspired me last Sunday.
CALLIOPE: When do I get to see it?
JOE: I’ll post it for you tomorrow. Until then.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/characters/13893#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/characters/13893 Mar 12, 2010, 9:07am writing Characters jlangen <h2><a href="http://slidingotter.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/characters/">Characters</a></h2> <p>March 12, 2010 at 8:02 am (<a href="http://slidingotter.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/">Uncategorized</a>) · <a href="http://slidingotter.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&amp;post=24">Edit</a> </p> <div> <div> <div><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/nineteenth-cetury-letterpress.jpg"></a> <p>Nineteenth Century Press</p> </div> <p>JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. Is it Friday already?<br> JOE: It is. It’s nice to have some leisure this morning.<br> CALLIOPE: What have you been doing all week?<br> JOE: I am in</p></div></div>
Conversations with Calliope- Characters in Our Lives https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-characters-our-lives/13754 Joe: Good morning Calliope.
Calliope: Good morning Joe. What's up today.
Joe: Getting organized. My first job is to write this week's column.
Calliope: About what?


Cavorting with Carol at Mardi Gras World

Joe: Characters.
Calliope: Tell me more.
Joe: I have been reading Nancy Kress's book, Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint to sharpen up characters in my stories.
Calliope: How does this apply to your column?
Joe: It occurred to me that our lives are populated by characters which we often overlook in our search for stuff with which to fill our lives.
Calliope: Sounds like an interesting column.
Joe: Ill tell you more about it on Friday after I write it.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-characters-our-lives/13754#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-characters-our-lives/13754 Mar 8, 2010, 9:14am writing Conversations with Calliope- Characters in Our Lives jlangen <p>Joe: Good morning Calliope.<br> Calliope: Good morning Joe. What's up today.<br> Joe: Getting organized. My first job is to write this week's column.<br> Calliope: About what?</p> <div><a href="http://slidingotter.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/cavorting-with-carol-at-mardi-gras-world1.jpg"></a><br> Cavorting with Carol at Mardi Gras World</div> <p>Joe: Characters.<br> Calliope: Tell me more.<br> Joe: I have been reading Nancy Kress's book, Characters, Emotion and</p>
Conversations with Calliope- Deep Freeze https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-deep-freeze/12748


 

 

(Winter Post)

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I trust you had a good week at GO ART!
JOE: I did. I was quite busy working on revisions to their website. I had to dust off my Dreamweaver skills.
CALLIOPE: Are you making progress?
JOE: I am but it's nice to have a break today.
CALLIOPE: You haven't said anything about your writing lately.
JOE: I finished my review of Marital Property and have my three readers at work.
CALLIOPE: Then what?
JOE: They are proofing as well as commenting on the manuscript. After I get their input I will decide how to proceed.
CALLIOPE: Are you considering a run at traditional publishing this time?
JOE: I am considering it. We shall see.
CALLIOPE: What are you doing while you wait for their input?
JOE: Today I will continuing work on another project. Talk with you Monday.

 

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Conversations with Calliope- The Arts Business https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-arts-business/12572

 

 


(Winter Tree)

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? ~Pablo Picasso

JOE: Good morning Calliope.
CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I missed you.
JOE: I'm beginning to realize that I have limited energy.
CALLIOPE: So what's your point?
JOE: I need to start setting some priorities and making choices.
CALLIOPE: You're not going to talk with me any more?
JOE: I didn't say that. I think I might just have to do it less often, say Monday and Friday.
CALLIOPE: I guess I can live with that. Is your new job keeping you that busy?
JOE: Quite a bit goes on in the background of the art scene. The challenges of working at GO ART have demanded all the energy I have left after my morning visit to the gym.
CALLIOPE: So you need some balance in your life?
JOE: I do.
CALLIOPE: What about your writing?
JOE: So far I am keeping up with my columns and newsletters.
CALLIOPE: What about Marital Property?
JOE: Sadly I have neglected it. I don't have that much left to review and plan to finish it this weekend. Talk with you on Monday.

 

 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-arts-business/12572#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/blogs/jlangen/conversations-calliope-arts-business/12572 Jan 22, 2010, 9:23am writing Conversations with Calliope- The Arts Business jlangen <p> </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uV2zlehaKHU/S1mytWTDGjI/AAAAAAAACAw/b99N5XR-2ME/s1600-h/Winter+Tree.jpg"></a><br> <br> <br> (Winter Tree)<br> <br> Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? ~Pablo Picasso<br> <br> JOE: Good morning Calliope.<br> CALLIOPE: Good morning Joe. I missed you.<br> JOE</p>