The guiding principles underlying the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature are Democracy‚ Diversity and Creativity. The magnificent cultural diversity that the invited authors from the USA, Great Britain and Canada bring to Leipzig will provide these guiding principles with committed ambassadors.
The spin-off project 'Picador at School' enables students to participate in this form of creative interchange with English-language authors. Classes in the form of creative writing workshops given in cooperation with teachers from the Anton-Philipp-Reclam School engender in students an understanding of the immense treasures to be found in cultural diversity.
On May 27 Josh Weil met students of the Reclam Gymnasium at their school library to do a work shop about creative writing. Josh also shared some personal thoughts of his own writing process:
“Writing requires isolation. It requires to take yourself out of this world. You have to prioritize it over a lot of things. It requires sacrifice. But that’s how it is with every kind of art and everything you do, when you really want it.”