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Friday, April 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
4H: Approaches to Narrative: Linear and Atmospheric Storytelling

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Are you a fiction or nonfiction writer struggling to find the right storytelling mode for your narrative? Are you someone who relies on drama to push the story forward? Do you prefer to feel your way into a narrative by creating a distinctive atmosphere? To explore these different approaches, we’ll look at excerpts from the work of two highly accomplished authors: international bestseller Elena Ferrante (translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein) and Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano (translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti, among others). While Ferrante often uses events and plot to drive her narratives, Modiano's atmospheric novels seem to lure the reader toward a truth or mystery that is ultimately elusive. Through discussion, Q&A, and, as time allows, writing prompts, we’ll consider these takes on narrative, and we hope you’ll leave with tools to help you discover the most compelling form for your own project.

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Shubha Sunder

Fiction Writer
Shubha Sunder's prose has appeared in The Bare Life Review, Lenny Letter, Crazyhorse, Narrative Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Two of her stories were named as notable in The Best American Short Stories 2016 anthology. In 2016 she was named a Massachusetts Cultural... Read More →
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Stacy Mattingly

Author, Unlikely Angel
Stacy Mattingly is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Unlikely Angel. Her work has appeared in the Oxford American, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, EuropeNow, and elsewhere. In 2012, she launched the Sarajevo Writers' Workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina and later helped lead the... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm