Interview with Lee Kofman – author and writing teacher
‘In each draft I try to get one or two things right rather than everything.’
Episode 68 – Lee Kofman – Show Notes
- Creative non-fiction is her current favourite medium. Closer to poetry than non-fiction. It is a fresher and younger experimental genre.
- Multi-tasking with children
- Prepare for writing session by thinking about the current project before sitting down at the desk.
- Gerald Murnane – three types of writers: curious, preachy and possessed/obsessed.
- Themes – doomed loves.
- Memoir-writing and Russian poets
- All writing is rewriting.
- Working on plotting skills but not plotting too much. Needs a sense of tension to keep the writing process interesting
- Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gogol, Helen Garner, Robert Dessaix, Zadie Smith, Geoff Dyer, Joan Didion, Karl Ove Knausgaard
- Imperfect – scars and haunted by shame. Inspired by her child’s diagnosis of albinism
‘Writing is layering.’
‘What it’s like to have a body which deviates from the so-called norm.’