Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Names Left Out to Protect the Guilty

Some friends of mine attended a meeting recently of a writers' group that is made up primarily of women, most of them Romance or Mystery writers. The speaker for the day got off to a bad start when he indicated a certain fascination with a brutal serial killer who had preyed on women. He then proceeded to do a reading that involved the rather graphic torture of a female victim. Several people walked out, including my friends.

My thoughts? Know your audience, dude! And don't be stupid.


Sidney said...

I've always tried to choose topics carefully when talking to groups. I read a short story for a church group once, and it had been a while since I'd re-read the material. I wound up editing a little as I went. Guess it's good to take on a task that makes you think on your feet every now and then.

Charles Gramlich said...

I've had to do the same thing a time or two when I've been asked to read in front of English classes at Xavier, which is a Catholic university.