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Saturday, April 4

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

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.

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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