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Saturday, April 4
 

9:00am EDT

5A: Different Worlds and Different Bodies: the Disabled Figure in Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

From Tiny Tim to the Seven Dwarves, disability in literature all too often falls into ableist tropes that continue to perpetuate disabled exclusion. 

How, then, do we look to expand disability representation in literature? How can we work toward representing the vast richness of disability experience on the page in thoughtful, inclusive ways?

Join writer Amanda Leduc on a part-history adventure, part-brainstorming discussion, all-round fabulous discussion class on how to increase disability representation in your work in ways that centre and respect the disabled experience.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Leduc

Amanda Leduc

Author, DISFIGURED: ON FAIRY TALES, DISABILITY, AND MAKING SPACE
Amanda Leduc is a disabled author with cerebral palsy whose essays and stories have appeared in publications across Canada and the US. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews, UK. Her first novel, The Miracles of Ordinary Men, was published... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5B: Perfecting Voice in Historical Fiction
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The language we choose when writing historical fiction can bring the past to life or spoil it for our readers. The pitfalls of wrong tone, word choice, or cadence are ever present. Yet when we get it right, we can succeed at integrating all aspects of our story to make a distant era as real as our present day.

Through close readings in Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers, Edward P. Jones’s The Known World, Paulette Giles, News of the World, and Matthew Pearl’s The Dante Chamber, we’ll study how authors combine contemporary and period language to build their fictional worlds. We’ll also look at examples of where it goes wrong: fussy, old-timey, or pseudo-historical language that disrupts the narrative. Then we’ll consider our own writing, applying what we’ve learned as we find our own best, historically inspired voice.

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Pye

Virginia Pye

Author, SHELF LIFE OF HAPPINESS
Virginia Pye’s Shelf Life of Happiness won the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award for Short Fiction. Her novel, Dreams of the Red Phoenix, was named a Best Book of 2015 by Richmond Times Dispatch, and her debut novel, River of Dust, was an Indie Next Pick and a 2013 Finalist... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Newbury Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5C: #QueryTips: Demystifying the Query Process
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The act of querying can feel dizzying, confusing, overwhelming, [insert panicked adjective here]. In #QueryTips, you’ll learn about common mistakes to avoid with your queries, suggestions on where to find the right agent, and ways to make your query stand out. Take heart: querying just might be simpler than you think!

Speakers
avatar for Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Amy Elizabeth Bishop

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Amy Elizabeth Bishop joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015 after interning for them in 2014. After a short stint as the financial & subrights assistant, she started assisting Jane Dystel, and in addition to managing her own list, now also oversees the office and the interns. Her... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Statler Room - Mezzanine Level

9:00am EDT

5D: When Revision Becomes Re-Envisioning
Limited Capacity full

Revision is the most essential—and for many, the most difficult—aspect of the writing process. Ideally, revision should open up new directions that allow you to re-envision your entire project, but after investing so much energy in the first draft, it can be hard to see new possibilities.

Through lecture and lively exercises, we will explore a variety of revision strategies meant to help you see the possibilities ready to burst from your latest draft. Whether you approach your manuscript spatially, visually, musically, or one word at a time, you'll find new ways to energize your writing.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews

Author, THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG
Brendan Mathews is the author of the short story collection This is Not a Love Song and the novel The World of Tomorrow, both published by Little, Brown. The World of Tomorrow was chosen as an Honor Book by the Massachusetts Book Awards, longlisted for the Center for Fiction First... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
White Hill Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5E: How to Save Your Character From a Drowning Story
Limited Capacity seats available

As writers, we've all experienced that moment when it becomes painfully clear that the story we're working on just isn't. We've tried to twist and bend it this way and that, but we've come to the end of the rope on the manuscript and have to let go. But what if the character/protagonist won't let go of you? What if the character continues to haunt you and you simply cannot give up on them? Here's how to rescue a great protagonist from a less than great story and not end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

This presentation will offer actionable tips for ways to salvage the "good" from a story before hitting DELETE.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Blades

Nicole Blades

Author, HAVE YOU MET NORA?
Nicole Blades is a novelist, speaker, and journalist who has been putting her stories on paper since the third grade. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by Caribbean parents, Nicole moved to New York City and launched her journalism career working at Essence magazine. She later... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5F: Getting Read, Noticed, and Understood on Sensitive Topics in Impossibly Polarized Times
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to take the heat and take charge when taking a stand on hot-button issues, like politics, culture, gender, and race. This skill is more important than ever in today's polarized climate. Silence is a temptation, but not an option. Mary C. Curtis, award-winning journalist, columnist and essayist, will share how to add your voice - and change the narrative - to the never-ending debate on issues that matter, while keeping your sanity and the worst of the critics at bay, and offer tips on how to craft writing that is marketable to a variety of publishing outlets, no matter their particular persuasion. Yes, there are ways that may not get readers or editors 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. Walk away with a one-page sheet of never miss writing essentials.

Speakers
avatar for Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis

Columnist, Roll Call
Mary C. Curtis, a columnist at Roll Call, is an award-winning journalist and educator based in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. She has contributed to NBC News, NPR, The Washington Post, CNN, The Root, ESPN's The Undefeated and talks politics on WCCB-TV in Charlotte. Curtis... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Beacon Hill Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5G: Dialogue: Crafting Conversation in Fiction
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Excellent dialogue is crucial in the creation of in-real-time scenes. In this hands-on, interactive workshop, participants will see how conversation can be used to reveal more about character and plot, learn to identify and fix seven common mistakes, and discuss examples written by master writers.

Speakers
avatar for Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins

Author, FORWARD ME BACK TO YOU
Mitali Perkins has written twelve novels for young people, including You Bring the Distant Near (nominated for the National Book Award), Rickshaw Girl (a New York Public Library top 100 books for children in 100 years; film coming soon), and Tiger Boy (winner of the South Asia Book... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Whittier Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5H: How to Think About Comparison & Competing Titles
Limited Capacity seats available

Description coming!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Papin

Jessica Papin

Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
Jessica Papin first joined DG&B in 2003, after spending eight years as an editor at Warner Books (now Grand Central). In 2004, she moved to Egypt, where she spent three years working for the American University in Cairo Press. Upon her return to the United States, she rejoined DG&B... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

9:00am EDT

5I: Why YA: The Unique Power of Young Adult Literature to Engage Difficult Topics
Limited Capacity seats available

Fiction writers in 2020 are surrounded by contemporary topics that demand attention, and yet challenge honest treatment. Grounded in his own experience writing about the aftermath of a school shooting, author Joseph Moldover will explore the power of Young Adult literature to addressing difficult, seemingly intractable topics, and the ability of the young voice to find unique perspectives on these problems.

We will ask what it means to address adult issues from a young perspective, how this differs from books about similar topics written from adult perspectives, and whether it makes sense to differentiate young adult from adult material in a world in which the older generations bequeath so many problems to the young.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Moldover

Joseph Moldover

Author, EVERY MOMENT AFTER
Joseph Moldover is the author of Every Moment After, a Young Adult novel exploring the long-term impact of a school shooting. He has also published works of short fiction in MonkeyBicycle, One Teen Story, Typehouse, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Much of his prior work appeared under... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Hancock Room - Mezzanine Level

9:00am EDT

5J: Balancing Act: The Writing Life, the Day Job, and Everything in Between
Limited Capacity seats available

Maintaining a writing practice when you have a demanding day job, family, and life happening can be tough. But it's doable! In this session, Melissa Rivero will discuss how she managed to write a novel while working as a lawyer in a tech startup, raising a family, and what she's learned from the publishing process. Come with your own challenges in maintaining the "balancing act," and we'll share tips, tricks, and solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Rivero

Melissa Rivero

Author, THE AFFAIRS OF THE FALCÓNS
Melissa Rivero was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. She currently works as in-house legal counsel at a startup. Melissa still lives in Brooklyn with her family. Her debut novel, The Affairs of the Falcóns, won the New American... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Cambridge Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5K: Hybrid Publishing: How It Works and What It's Like
Limited Capacity seats available

Hybrid Publishing is hotter than ever, giving authors more control over their destiny. But what happens after the books are printed? Learn how Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, award-winning author of Eden (She Writes Press, 2017) and The Nine (She Writes Press Aug ’19) chose hybrid publishing, and assembled a team to create buzz, find traction, and achieve her dream of connecting with readers. She'll teach you how to evaluate a hybrid press, what to look for in a publicist, and what you’ll have to do on your own. Coming off a three-year journey, she'll also discuss her strategies for social media, breaking into book stores, and getting reviewed.

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Blasberg

Jeanne Blasberg

Author, THE NINE
Jeanne Blasberg is the author of The Nine and Eden, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction and finalist for both the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction. Eden was released in May 2017... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5L: From Page to Stage: Writing for the Moth, Story Slams, and Live Storytelling Events
Limited Capacity seats available

Description coming!

Speakers
avatar for Adam Stumacher

Adam Stumacher

Fiction & Nonfiction Writer
Adam Stumacher‘s fiction has appeared in Granta, Narrative, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, TriQuarterly, and others, was anthologized in Best New American Voices, and won a Nelson Algren Award and the Raymond Carver Short Story Award. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Cabot Room - 4th Floor

9:00am EDT

5M: Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence: Writing Your Logline
Limited Capacity seats available

Called “The Book Whisperer” by CNN, prolific producer Lane Shefter Bishop has the answers for how to sell what you write. During this "Loglines" session, Lane will give insider information only found in her book Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence (Norton, 2016) which teaches writers the secret to selling their work to agents, editors, publishers, and producers. After all, you can have the best material in the world but that doesn’t matter if you can’t sell it!

Speakers
avatar for Lane Shefter Bishop

Lane Shefter Bishop

Literary Agent, Vast Entertainment
Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award-winning producer/director who has received numerous accolades for her work including an EMMY, six Telly Awards, a Videographer Award, three Communicator Awards, a Sherril C. Corwin Award, an Aurora Award, a Davey Award, a New York Festivals Award... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor