"Bad Writing" at the Flicks


“I’m sick. I’m dead. I’m dancing before my shame.”

Thumbing through years of old poetry, Lewiston, Idaho’s Vernon Lott came to a stomach-churning realization: he’s a bad writer. Yikes-bad.

But instead of setting the whole mess on fire and flushing the charred remains down the nearest toilet, Lott decided to embrace his baditude.

Lott and his wife Jennifer, who teaches English at Lewis-Clark State College, interviewed a slew of prominent authors—including David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, George Saunders, Claire Davis and Steve Almond—about what makes bad writing so, uh, bad. Those interviews turned into the aptly titled documentary, Bad Writing, which will be available Tuesday, Sept., 7 on Amazon Video On Demand.

But if you can’t wait that long, Bad Writing will also show tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the Flicks. The screening is sponsored by Idaho Media Professionals and Idaho Writers Guild and tickets are $6.50. Here's hoping Lott is better at screenwriting.