Writ­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion not the an­swer

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RE: Hamil­ton needs a cen­tral­ized writ­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion (July 7)

As a pro­lific and pas­sion­ate writer in Hamil­ton, I will join you in strength­en­ing the lo­cal lit­er­ary scene, Laura Furster. How­ever, I don’t think the an­swer is the sort of “pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion” (as­so­ci­a­tions, boards of direc­tors, grant ap­pli­ca­tions, MFAs, “net­work­ing”, etc.) that so of­ten ren­ders the arts and let­ters bor­ing and ster­ile to­day. Rather, I think we should re­turn to the old method: get day jobs, sit up nights writ­ing and rewrit­ing, and get to­gether with other writ­ers over drinks to read our works un­til we fi­nally de­velop the sort of voice that nails the reader to the page. It’s our cre­ativ­ity, not ca­reerism, that makes Hamil­ton ra­di­ant. Ru­fus F. Hickok, Hamil­ton

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