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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.

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Amanda Leduc

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.

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Virginia Pye

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

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.

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Brendan Mathews

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.

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Nicole Blades

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

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.

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Melissa Rivero

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

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

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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