Invitation to Contribute

Literary legend Margaret Atwood is coming to speak at the University of Science and Arts for the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium March 31, 2011. In anticipation of her visit, USAO is sending out a call for people to participate in a community-wide writing project called Writing Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood is a giant of modern literature who has anticipated, explored, satirized -- and even changed -- the popular preoccupations of our time. The Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Blind Assassin, Atwood is the rare writer whose work is adored by the public, acclaimed by the critics, and studied on university campuses around the world. Though her subject matter varies, the precision crafting of her language -- she is also a renowned poet -- gives her body of work a sensibility entirely its own.

Each participant will be asked to read and respond to a work of Atwood’s and agree to have it published on a special blog on the USAO website. As contributions come in, the blog will develop into a resource for the community to better know and appreciate Atwood’s work before her arrival.

The secondary goal will be to show that reading and responding to great literature is not something that specialists do for a grade or to fulfill a requirement, but as a means of better understanding and a vehicle for social discussion.

These responses do not need to be long --1000 words or less—and do not need to take a particular form. An honest, heartfelt response will be as welcome as analysis or critique.

If you are ready to submit your own contribution, just click this link...