On Monday I was given the great honor of moderating a panel at a writers event that takes place each year on the Vineyard, called Islanders Write.
The panel was made up of the very funny Halley Feiffer, actress, screen and playwright. Novelist, actress, and playwright Nicole Galland, who I love and always sit back in awe as she rolls out ideas and new work in our little writing group that meets every two weeks, and Adam Mansbach, humorist, cultural critic, and writer who had the big NY Times surprise hit in 2011 with Go the Fuck asleep, a children's book for adults.
It was a lot of fun and each of the authors gave us great insight into how they work and how they show up in their work.
Here's what reporter Jack O'Shea said about it for the MV Times.
A howling laughfest broke out during an often-profane panel discussion on ”Fictionalizing Your Life.” The levity was fanned by Adam Mansbach, New York Times best-selling novelist and a truly nutty guy who managed to turn the panelists into an audience and an audience member into the subject, resulting in a hilarious intervention attempt by panelists after one woman revealed a dangerous plan to complete a book which could ignite a family civil war.
At the end of the day, we all fictionalize our lives. Just check your Facebook or instagram posts and read your whole story, the told and the untold. What interests me most is the unspoken words, and that's where I feel writing comes into your life. If you can't get a deeper and better understanding of your life as a whole, write. See what comes out on the page, it will amaze you.
The full review is here.