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Issue #6. Winter/Spring 2000. The Writers Studio in the words of the writers:


Sister Stone is Amy Dana's piece, based on You're Ugly, Too, by Lorrie Moore. Amy Dana lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She has been a member of The Writers Studio for twelve years and has taught an advanced/intermediate workshop there for three years. Currently she teaches individual tutorials. She has published fiction in Allegheny Review, Clerestory and Issues. She was a member of the features staff of Vogue and a senior editor at Interiors magazine.


Author Abigail Wender is an associate director as well as a teacher at The Writers Studio and has published her work in Fish Stories: Collective II and other journals. This is the first draft of the exercise, based on No Sorry, by Catherine Bowman.


Amy Schatz is a television producer/director who most recently completed a family special for HBO.  She lives in New York City. This is the first draft of her exercise, based on a poem by James Schuyler.


Bill Eville is a teacher at The Writers Studio.  He works as a development executive for the director Barry Sonnenfeld focusing on the adaptations of books into screenplays.  He also writes a column for the Kashmir Monitor. Read his exercise based on Fernando Pessoa & Co.


David Siff is the author of the forthcoming memoir "Eleanor's Rebellion" (Knopf). Under the name David Faulkner he has been an actor and, more recently, a journalist and the author of several books on sports. He lives in New York City. Here is his paragraph, based on an example by William Faulkner, The Old Man.


Elizabeth England is a recipient of a 1998 New York State Fellowship for fiction and a Geraldine Moore Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Nebraska Review and The Global City Review. Her text is inspired by Alice McDermott, Charming Billy.


Leslie Findlen lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and is the editor of The Writers Studio newsletter. She lived in rural Japan for two years, where she learned that tattoos can be magical and memorable (though not enough to get one herself.) This is her exercise.


Frazier Russell based his piece on Thomas Mann, Death in Venice. This is the 8th draft of the piece. Frazier Russell is a senior faculty member at The Writers Studio. His poems have appeared in The American Voice, Global City Review, Ploughshares and other journals. His first book of poems, I Too Have Spoken Their Names, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.


Jenny Dowling is an Assistant Director at The Writers Studio. She is also a Planner for the Department of Social Services in New York City. Her work has appeared in the Spring 99 issue of Offcourse. Her exercise is based on a poem by Carlos Drummond de Andrade.


Lisa Kaufman, a teacher at The Writers Studio, is also an editor and director of marketing for the book publisher PublicAffair, and has worked with Viking Penguin and Random House. Her exercise is based on The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton.


Patrick Lawlor is an American who grew up in Ireland and now lives in New York City with several cats. His exercise is inspired by a poem by Marie Howe.


Sheila Welch works as a computer consultant and lives in New Jersey with her husband and daughter. Her poem is inspired by Belle Waring's poems.


Rynn Williams' poem is inspired by Allan Ginsberg's Kaddish


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