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You'll discuss artistic reinvention as an exciting and not just daunting task, and what to do when your book becomes something very different from what you initially envisioned. Come with questions! In addition, it received This combination lecture and discussion class will offer a brief history of the genre, sketch out a few of its permutations, and explore the imaginative space it offers contemporary fiction writers and poets in this so-called "post-truth" era. He is also the author of The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays on point of view in fiction, and three other novels.

Christopher works as artistic director of GrubStreet, was a Friday April 5, am - pm Franklin Room - 4th Floor. Some of us might feel that our wiring comes with certain literary superpowers: a near-effortless ability to come up with unexpected thematic associations, juxtapositions and absurd humor; a particular understanding of character development and emotion; an ability to craft language in fresh and surprising ways.

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We'll discuss excerpts from essays and interviews in which writers share their own experiences around neurodivergence. Bring your insights, challenges, and successes to share! Expect to come away with practical strategies around the writing process, long-term projects, publishing and more. Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Friday April 5, am - pm Gloucester Room - 4th Floor. Block 2. It's easy to render the material too abstractly, weightily, or in way that doesn't quite capture what it is you want to say. Join this important discussion of how writers might handle traumatic material, and transform its elements into excellent writing.

Bhagwati will describe her own lessons learned while writing her memoir, Unbecoming. Come with questions and ideas of your own. What are the benefits and potential hazards of marrying the two? For many of us, all writing is political. We write because, as idealistic as it sounds, we want to help make the world a better place. In this session, we call BS on that idea.

Friday April 5, am - pm St. Lunch Break Lunch is on your own. See our suggestions of nearby eateries! Friday April 5, pm - pm TBA. Early drafts may be guided by intuition, a gravitational pull towards what lies unresolved. And yet sooner or later, the work requires structure. Far from being strictly architecture, structure is a means to learn more about what possibilities lie hidden in the stories of our lives. Several recently published memoirs will be discussed, and participants will leave with strategies and exercises to help them deepen and re-energize their own work.

Our aim will be experimentation and discovery. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible. Friday April 5, pm - pm Whittier Room - 4th Floor. Block 3 , Lecture , Guided Writing. The most successful novels immerse readers in a world entirely unlike their own and do so in a way that feels believable to the reader. It's a careful balance of fact and fiction, which results from deep research into eras of the past and wrangling information such as fashion, speech, transportation, food and so much more.

This session will present writers with ten takeaways from a deeply experienced historical novelist, to help you research, plot and write your historical novels. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity Friday April 5, pm - pm Stuart Room - 4th Floor. Block 3 , Lecture. Katherine Sherbrooke is the author of Fill the Sky SixOneSeven Books, —a novel about three life-long friends who travel to Ecuador in hopes that the shamans there can save one of them from cancer—and a family memoir, Finding Home Katherine wanted to be an author from Block 3 , Discussion Class.

What constitutes a successful book publicity campaign, and how will you work with the publicist who has been assigned to shepherd your book into the world? Two veteran book publicists with different areas of expertise share a wealth of knowledge and discuss specific strategies for promoting fiction and non-fiction.

Topics covered include the book publicity timeline, creative press kits and talking points for authors, author tours, placement of first serial and op-ed pieces, social media outreach, and situations in which an author might hire a freelancer. She manages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Boston-based publicity team and works on the publicity campaigns for dozens of books a year. Her favorite part of the process is creatively translating the "story" of a Rachel Salzman Publicist, W.

Prior to that, she worked as both a news assistant and a copy editor at The Wall Street Journal Europe and as a copy editor at Business Wire news service Friday April 5, pm - pm Cambridge Room - 4th Floor. How can we dredge up very precise details from our lives to make our characters feel compelling and real?

Fiction and nonfiction writers alike will enjoy this practical, game-centered session-- using a game called Intersectional Bingo! You'll write internal and external personal descriptions, compare notes, and discover a more specific variety of experiences to use in your writing. You'll leave the session with tools to enrich your current or future writing projects, and perhaps a better understanding of yourself as well.

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Athena Dixon is a poet, essayist, and editor. Athena's work has appeared in various publications both online and in print. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee , Friday April 5, pm - pm Cabot Room - 4th Floor. Block 3 , Guided Writing. Milo Todd is a novelist and manuscript consultant. He specializes in queer, trans, and poverty topics, as well as narrative voice and outline techniques.

Friday April 5, pm - pm St. What's the difference between a residency and a fellowship? Why do I need a writing residency--can't I just write at home? Should I publish my book through a writing contest? We'll discuss these questions as well as offer tips for finding these opportunities, understanding the application and submission process, and learning their advantages and drawbacks. Amina Gautier, Ph. Now We Will Be Happy Friday April 5, pm - pm Franklin Room - 4th Floor. These set pieces are what audiences gaspingly recall three hours, three months, three years after they leave the theater.

But they are not limited to to the multiplex. We will discuss the timing and arrangement of these crescendoes within short stories, essays, novels, memoirs, films and comics so that you might include similar moments that will transform your stories from merely memorable to iconic.

Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, -- as well as two books of short stories.

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His book of craft essays -- Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction -- is widely taught in creative writing classes. He is known in comics for Silence is always a strategy when choosing whether or not to weigh in with op-eds and reported commentary. That may be the temptation, especially in and beyond when there is no such thing as a non-controversial topic. So how do you add your voice, and perhaps change the narrative, to the never-ending debate on the issues that matter, while keeping your sanity and the worst of the critics at bay.

Yes, there are tips and tricks that may not get readers to agree, but may lead them to grudging respect. Bring an idea and be prepared to explain it, defend it and get readers to care. Presenters Mary C. Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N. Curtis has worked at The New York Times This could be because you are determining to which smaller publishers you'll submit, or because your work has interested more than one of the larger houses.

You'll likely have an agent at that point who will help guide you but the final decision is always yours and so it is important to understand the differences between the various imprints and editors, what to look for in a meeting, and how to gauge the long term prospects for your book at a house. The financial terms are a significant factor, but sometimes the largest offer is not the best option. This session will survey the publishing landscape and discuss how to navigate these exciting but nonetheless difficult decisions.

He specializes in literary fiction, journalism, history, narrative nonfiction, and the culinary arts. Jonah got his start in publishing in the warehouse of Atrium Friday April 5, pm - pm Newbury Room - 4th Floor. Block 3 , Lecture , Discussion Class. But what is style, exactly?

And if we accept that style goes deeper than ornamentation and profoundly shapes the way we read, how do we apply that insight to our own work? How do we talk about and tease apart something that seems so utterly intrinsic to a work? To what extent can a technical understanding take us closer to prose's pulse, its lifeblood, its dynamic qualities?

All of these are questions that we'll explore in this session through a host of models that range from classic to contemporary, minimalist to maximalist, from long, winding sentences to taut, staccato ones, from contemplative to colloquial. We'll try out a handful of style exercises and then stand back to consider the ways that meaning is transformed and distilled by each arrangement. He teaches in the BFA and low-residenc Friday April 5, pm - pm Gloucester Room - 4th Floor. Hartnett was the writer in residence for the Associates Friday April 5, pm - pm Tremont Room - 4th Floor.

But if you're writing narrative nonfiction, self-help, or memoir, do you really have to be Deepak Chopra or Omarosa Manigault to beat the odds? Truth is, agents and editors are eager for great nonfiction stories because they sell. In this session, we'll address seven key questions that will improve your likelihood of finding success. In so doing, we'll look at what understanding your readers and how to reach them really entails. We'll see why it's important to have one main conflict or theme, and what that means in terms of developing an entire book. We'll ask ourselves: "So what? For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and in MA prisons, through Block 4 , Discussion Class.

Many writers lament this fact, but what are we doing as artists to engage with books from around the globe? What do we miss artistically when we don't read widely and across literary borders—and what do we gain when we do? What new elements of craft might we learn by going beyond American literature?

In this session, we'll examine a range of literatures—some written in English, some in English translation—to consider craft in the context of worldwide traditions and approaches. We'll discuss the importance of engaging with the world's literatures, as well as the particular obstacles writers living in the US might face when writing across cultures. In , she launched the Sarajevo Writers' Workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later helped lead the As creative nonfiction writers, we can see beyond this question by locating socio-historical stories within our personal narratives, uncovering tales that are about much more than the individual narrator.

Block 4 , Lecture. How do you know when your manuscript is truly done? From flat plots to false dialogue and under researched scenes, we will discuss the most common mistakes that keep a finished manuscript from being ready for publication and then offer suggestions about how to address these issues in an "oversight" draft. The best writers establish authority immediately. Rob Spillman was the Editor and co-founder of Tin House, the seminal literary magazine that published from to Block 4.

Her eyes danced across the page? Do you describe actions incrementally "She began to open the door" when a direct description would be more fitting "She opened the door"? In this session, we'll talk about the nitty-gritty grammatical hurdles as well as lofty theoretical roadblocks that can keep our drafts from serious editorial consideration.

With special emphasis on revision practices, this session is designed to help attendees approach their work with fresh ideas for revising their work prior to submitting it to publications. He has received scholarships and fellowships from the We also find critiques of white identity and white based social realities.

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As memoirists or fiction writers, how do we write about race or those of a different ethnicity or race, and do it accurately and well? It entails understanding race in a historical and literary context as well as a broad range of fields. It involves addressing the limitations of your own life experience. In other words, writing about race is a worthy but far more difficult task than is often assumed in workshops.

Writers will leave this session with an assignment and a plan for exploring race and identity. David Mura is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, fiction writer, critic, and playwright. We'll break down the building blocks of humor and learn to incorporate humor into our writing without making it too "jokey. And we'll talk about the particulars of publishing humor writing specifically.

Feel free to come with an excerpt of your writing words or less that you'd like to improve. We'll do a short in-class exercise and pick a few to workshop as a group. Presenters Steve Macone Nonfiction Writer. Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His work has been featured on NPR, Longreads Gesture, or involuntary movement, while not often discussed as an aspect of craft, is a hugely important feature of character development.

Gestures big and small bring our characters to life; gestures reveal who our characters truly are. We will do several fun exercises to practice moving beyond familiar gestures sighing, leaning, shrugging, running hands through hair Do you know the secrets to writing a winning query?

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Do you want to know the most common reasons for rejection? In this session, agents Ayesha Pande and Sorche Fairbank will give direct feedback on audience query letters and use them as examples to discuss both effective and ineffective strategies for getting an agent or editor interested in your work. The goal will be to make your query letters as powerful as possible. Query letters will be chosen at random by a volunteer and put on an overhead projector.

After your query letter is read by the agents and the audience, the agents will discuss it, troubleshoot, and offer advice that is both specific to your project and general enough for the rest of the audience to benefit. Given the volume of submissions, we cannot guarantee that your query letter will be read. The point is not to get through as many queries as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate your ideas and offer concrete suggestions from which all will benefit. Clients range from first-time authors to international best-sellers, prize Ayesha Pande has worked in the publishing industry for over twenty years.

When should you pause the dramatic action to dwell on a moment and linger? When should you speed things along? How should flashbacks be introduced? Too many allusions to the past and you risk losing the reader; too few, and your characters may not feel real. She won the Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction. Her work has Who is this targeted towards? Katie Grimm started as the assistant for Don Congdon Associates in , and she currently maintains her own list of writers as well as handling several agency Estates. In Adult, she focuses on Literary and Upmarket Fiction — be it voicey, historical, mysterious or speculative Lit Lounge Cocktail Hour.

Full info is here. So you're writing a story and feeling "stuck.

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Why not bring this logjam to other writers for revival? How might two heads or 3, or 4 be better than one? In this fun and fast-moving event, watch live authors use the "spitballing" techniques of screenwriters to push initial story ideas into wilder and more provocative possibilities. Come ready to brainstorm, laugh, and contribute your own ideas too. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Cash bar.

Sean Van Deuren Fiction Writer. He was raised in Maryland and currently lives Saturday , April 6. Saturday April 6, am - am TBA. How can we write when writing seems impossible? How can our art transform when things fall apart? From to , she was a senior editor at the Voice Literary Supplement. Having a solid platform on social media and a legion of loyal followers will not only make you more attractive to agents and publishers, it will also ultimately help you sell more books regardless if you go the indie or traditional path. They will share the unique pros of cons of each platform and demystify how you can powerfully leverage each to best meet your goals.

Block 5 , Lecture. Colonization, immigration, belonging versus otherness, the circumstances of our growing up-- all these influence how we use and feel about language. We will identify some practical techniques for how to use our own languages to craft the strongest, truest fiction for an audience who might not be familiar with all of them. Saturday April 6, am - am Gloucester Room - 4th Floor. Block 5 , Discussion Class. In this freewheeling session, a trained actor will perform the first page of YOUR unpublished manuscript -- in this case, a work of non-fiction, including memoir and personal essay -- for the audience and a panel of three judges.

The judges are agents and editors with years of experience reading unsolicited submissions. When one of the judges hears a line that would make her stop reading, she will raise her hand. The actor will keep reading until a second judge raises his hand. The judges will then discuss WHY they would stop reading, and offer concrete if subjective suggestions to the anonymous author.

All excerpts will be evaluated anonymously, though, at the end of the session, a winner will be chosen from the group of excerpts that did not elicit any raised hands, and that winner will receive a free Grub Street membership. You will leave it in a box at the front of the room, and the manuscript will be chosen randomly by the reader. Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can not guarantee that yours will be read aloud. The point is not to get through as many writers as possible, but to thoughtfully evaluate the work at hand and offer concrete suggestions from which all could benefit.

Please be aware that some lines may cause laughter or scorn; in other words, this session is not for the thin-skinned! Ashley Lopez joined the Waxman Literary Agency in Ashley is looking for literary and young adult fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, and Steve Macone Nonfiction Writer. Rakesh Satyal Editor, Atria Books. He has acquired and edited numerous New York Times bestsellers Janet Silver Literary Agent, Aevitas.

Janet Silver represents a roster of acclaimed writers. Mitchell Waters started working at Curtis Brown in He represents a wide and diverse array of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction, including mystery, history, biography, memoir, and young adult. Some recent or representative titles: Bachelor Girl by Kim van Alkemade Saturday April 6, am - am Newbury Room - 4th Floor.

We'll explain important terms and industry standards. You'll leave with stronger information about what to expect as an author, how to choose the best deals, and how to negotiate your most favorable publishing terms. Marisa A. Corvisiero, Esq. She is also an author coach, literary consultant, speaker, author, and attorney with more than 18 years of experience in corporate law and trusts and estates in New York City. She holds Block 5. When, for example, their memoir includes content rumored to be considered anathema in the publishing industry?

Or when they're writing an investigative journalism piece-- and realize they need to humanize a person who did horrible things? How can writers at once embrace making readers uncomfortable-- and yet make them keep reading? How can we transcend the safe or accepted narratives, and tell urgent, risky, even unpopular ones-- and do it ethically? Together we will read and discuss excerpts from nonfiction work that caused a stir and do short writing exercises to discover paths forward in our own work. Eliot famously asked, "Dare I disturb the universe? Saturday April 6, am - am Stuart Room - 4th Floor.

The goal is to always introduce a world while avoiding info-dumping and confusing readers. World-building encompasses everything within the setting, from currency to geography, politics, religion, and sex. You must consider what matters the most to the characters. Readers should be experiencing this world through the eyes of the character s and what is important to them. In this workshop, we will discuss various tips to create a fictional world. The Education of Margot Sanchez was nominated for a Saturday April 6, am - am Franklin Room - 4th Floor.

Or a professor like Brene Brown with a body of research that you know can provide a wide audience of readers with information and inspiration. Or like Rachel Hollis you've got great business advice targeted to women that you want to pass on. Or you simply want to document your years of career accomplishments in a way that your legacy extends beyond your work environment and coaches others through writing.

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You have time and ideas but haven't taken a formal writing class since your high school or college English course. We'll talk about what it takes to translate all that know-how into an organized theme, genre, and book or article proposal. Deborah Plummer is a psychologist, university professor and diversity thought leader. Saturday April 6, am - am Cabot Room - 4th Floor. For example: It's inappropriate to mention someone's race to their face. It's bad form to speak about our sex lives among strangers or even friends. The drama may occur on the way to Planned Parenthood, or on the way home, but the implied setting is still the clinic itself.

Instead of locating his story in the abortion clinic, he sets it in the station where the man and woman await the train that will take her to the city and as we infer, since abortion is never mentioned to the clinic. Does she have friends, family, children? Learn more about Ways to Save a Novel Buy the book. Click here to join.