Arthur Bradford is an O Henry Award winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Vice, Men’s Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, has been translated into ten languages. He’s published two children’s books, Benny’s Brigade and 43 Monsters, along with the current collection of short stories, Turtle Face and Beyond.
“Beautifully bent, generous, and funny…” — Vanity Fair
“Arthur Bradford’s work is uncategorizable and unprecedented, but if pressed, you could call it the improbable spawn of Raymond Carver and Roald Dahl. His stories are hilarious and strange…” — Dave Eggers
“One of the funniest, smartest, tallest writers at work in America today.” — Zadie Smith
“The most outlandish and energetic writer I can think of.” — David Sedaris
Bradford is also creator and director of the acclaimed “How’s Your News?” documentary series, versions of which have been broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, and Channel Four England.
Bradford brought his writer’s sensibility to a recent film project in which he documented the creation of the TV show South Park for Comedy Central. The film, “Six Days to Air” was nominated for an Emmy Award, in part because of the unprecedented intimate access to the writer’s room of the show.
Bradford will offer a workshop during the day on “What Can Writers Learn From South Park?” from 1 to 3:30 pm.
At first glance this crude animated show might appear to offer few lessons for the serious fiction writer, but Bradford discovered that the unconventional way this show is produced offers valuable lessons for anyone engaged in creative pursuit, especially writers.
In this workshop Bradford will show clips from his film and discuss which lessons apply to writers in general. Participants should come prepared to write. This is a fiction/non-fiction writing workshop.
The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register for the class here.
Following Bradford’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “A Good Idea That Turned Bad.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.