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Saturday, April 4
 

1:45pm EDT

7H: Writing Evil: How to Harness Lethal Characters in Stories of Tragedy and Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we tell stories about heinous crimes committed at the hands of our protagonists and antagonists in a way that’s palatable for readers? How can we prevent glorification of horrific actions? Why should villains get intimate page time? And how can writers manage sensitive subjects without succumbing to heavy dread during the creative process?

We’ll explore these questions as well as the power of complex characterization and necessary storytelling through selected readings. Our discussion will be followed by thoughtful writing strategies to help us navigate and meaningfully develop problematic characters.

Speakers
avatar for Sahar Mustafah

Sahar Mustafah

Author, THE BEAUTY OF YOUR FACE
Sahar Mustafah is author of The Beauty of Your Face (W.W. Norton, 2020), her first novel, and Code of the West, a short story collection and winner of the 2016 Willow Books Fiction Award. Her stories have earned a Distinguished Story citation from Best American Short Stories 2016... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

7I: Public Speaking for Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

As your writerly prominence grows, opportunities to read, present, and promote your work in public become ever-more important. In this interactive class, participants will learn how to enunciate, project, and command a room. With examples from prose and poetry, participants will learn the importance of speaking with confidence to engage various audiences. You'll craft a basic 30-second elevator pitch of your work and receive helpful critiques. Come ready to listen, read, discuss the art of public speaking, and expect to leave with improved presentation skills and boosted confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Jones-Luke

Shirley Jones-Luke

Essayist
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms Luke lives in the Dorchester section of Boston. Shirley is an English teacher for the Boston Public Schools. She teaches ELA and Humanities at the middle and high school levels. Ms. Luke is also a public speaker. Shirley has spoken at... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Franklin Room - 4th Floor

1:45pm EDT

7L: Place: From Where to Why
Limited Capacity seats available

In the crafting of fiction, place involves more than the factual depiction of setting. Place can bring characters into stronger focus and come to life as much as any character. This session will explore the vital role that place plays not just in developing characters but also establishing the larger reason-to-be of a fictional work. Through readings of examples, generative writing exercises, and conversation, we'll examine different approaches to place, so as to make its role more meaningful in storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Pitchaya Sudbanthad

Author, BANGKOK WAKES TO RAIN
Pitchaya Sudbanthad is the author of the novel Bangkok Wakes to Rain, published by Riverhead Books (US) and Sceptre (UK), which was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick and a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. He has received fellowships in fiction... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Hancock Room - Mezzanine Level