Host(s): Stan Sanvel Rubin and Judith Kitchen
Tape order number: V-278
Visit Date: October 24, 1985
Length: 46 minutes
Brief Summary: Abbott discusses his method and approach to writing stories, placing especial emphasis on the role of character in fiction. He discusses his interest in writing from a very young age, telling about having rewritten Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in 11th grade. Abbott also discusses the value of MFA programs in writing, the influence of southern New Mexico in his work, and the influence of extensive reading in his youth.
I'm one of those writers who believes the reader shouldn't do any work at all. I do all the work, that's my job.
-- Lee K. Abbott