4th Annual Literary Festival
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The Mace & Crown, October 12, 1981
AWP Head visits ODU
Staff Writer

The third day of the Literary Festival ended with readings from guest author Lee Zacharias and ODU Professor Bruce Weigl Wednesday night at Kaufman Hall Auditorium. The auditorium was packed with students sitting on the floor and stage to listen as Zacharias read from her soon to be published novel Lessons The reading was delivered in fine style and was well received by the audience. Lessons has been selected as a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate and a con densed version will appear in the Novem ber issue of Redbook. The book is slated to be published October 16.

The novel is about a bright high spirited coed who survives the problems and trauma of college life by marrying her music theory professor who is twenty years her senior. Zacharias' work has been described as funny, tragic, sassy and lyrical; it must be added that Lessons is scorchingly explicit in its dealings with contemporary life.

In addition to Lesssons Zacharias has published a collection of short stories titled He/ping Muriel Make it Through the Night printed by Louisiana State University Press.

Zacharias hails from Chicago and teaches at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. She has also taught at Princeton University.

In addition to teaching and writing, Zacharias is President of the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) and Editor of the semi-annual Greensboro Review

Photo by John Bilotta

The AWP is a national non-profit orga nization affiliated with some colleges and other writing programs. Students automatically have all rights and privi leges put forth by the AWP; the AWP also publishes a monthly newsletter which is helpful to young writers. More nformation can be gained by asking faculty members.

The Greensboro Review is listed in the reference book called the Writer's Market that can be found in the library. Young writers are encouraged to consult this book for publication sources.

Zacharias stated her work is ''not autobiographical" and that her characters developed on the page in the six years it took her to complete the book. Her advice to hopeful authors is: "Just work!"