Advice for Writers: Go to "New York"

Continuing our occasional series "Advice for Writers" with this quote from Walter Kirn (author of "Up in the Air," among other books, which was made into a film starring George Clooney). Kirn is arguing for just such places as The Attic Institute, places "where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests." Here's the full quote:

“My advice for aspiring writers is go to New York. And if you can’t go to New York, go to the place that represents New York to you, where the standards for writing are high, there are other people who share your dreams, and where you can talk, talk, talk about your interests. Writing books begins in talking about it, like most human projects, and in being close to those who have already done what you propose to do.”