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Saturday, April 4
 

1:45pm EDT

7A: From Research to Narrative
Limited Capacity seats available

Incorporating research into fiction. The variety of sources, interviews, texts, source documents, maps, etc. How these aspects lead to ideas for characters, settings etc. What are the constraints, the creative possibilities. How to "modernize" the historical to appeal to current readers.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Colvin

Jeffrey Colvin

Author, AFRICAVILLE
Jeffrey Colvin was born and raised in Alabama. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard University, and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in fiction. His writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rain Taxi... Read More →


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

1:45pm EDT

7B: We the Narrators: Writing the Collective Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session, we will explore and then try our hand at the first person plural narrative voice, a voice as old as the Greek chorus and as fresh as “We the Animals.” Some questions the session will explore include: Why would you would want to represent the collective experience? What can the first-person plural narrator say and do that other perspectives can’t? What kinds of stories is it best suited to rendering?

The first person plural can take many forms and we will look at a number of successful examples to study what and how they are achieving their effects, paying particular attention to the varying degrees of differentiation within the collective experience that different authors provide. Within the different categories we identify, you will then try your hand at writing in the collective voice.

Speakers
avatar for Val Wang

Val Wang

Author, BEIJING BASTARD
Val Wang is an author and filmmaker interested in the intersection between the personal and the global. She is the author of the memoir Beijing Bastard as well as the director of the documentary The Flip Side, which won Best Documentary Short at the 2018 DisOrient Asian American Film... Read More →


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

1:45pm EDT

7E: Reclaiming Our Narrative: How Black Women Writers Showcase Versatility Through Storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

It's no secret that in 2019, Black women are still plagued with stereotypes that rob us of our humanity. These tropes have permeated every crevice of popular culture and are so routine, they have become normalized. We are consistently portrayed or viewed as sexually insatiable, ardently pliant or irrationally angry. With Black women noticeably invisible in white American literature and the publishing world, how can we employ storytelling to fully capture our narrative?

In this session, led by writers Candace McDuffie and Ashley-Rose Salomon, we will discuss how steeping our works in our identity not only peels back the layers of our marginalization but allows us to have a seat at the table for a meal that was never meant for us. We will discuss how embracing our identities in the publishing world has led to success, and how maintaining self-care is vital for a healthy and abundant career as a writer.

Speakers
avatar for Candace McDuffie

Candace McDuffie

Nonfiction Writer
Candace McDuffie is a dedicated journalist and teacher who holds a Master's Degree in Education specializing in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University at Massachusetts Boston. She is a monthly contributor for the Under 30 Section at Forbes. Her work has also been featured... Read More →
avatar for Ashley-Rose Salomon

Ashley-Rose Salomon

Poet
Ashley-Rose is an award winning Haitian-American educator, organizer, actress and award-winning poet from Boston, MA. She was honored by Mayor Marty Walsh with the OneIn3 Impact Award for being one of the most influential people under age 35 in Boston and in 2016 she was awarded Boston’s... Read More →


Saturday April 4, 2020 1:45pm - 3:00pm EDT
Stuart 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

1:45pm EDT

7M: The Revisionist: Utilizing Your Inner Editor as a Writer
Limited Capacity seats available

The biggest step to finishing is revising and, for many writers, this can be the hardest threshold to cross. When receiving feedback, processing feedback, and finding ways to fill plot holes or alter moments for greater impact how do we as writers implement these updates on the page? And how does our inner editor (critic) zero in on those points to smooth out the wrinkles? 

In this workshop, participants will compare early versions to final versions of fiction & nonfiction to see what's been added/removed, discuss different methods to tackle new drafts, and do on-site revisions of their own with time left over for feedback to compare the before & after based on discussion. The opening icebreaker will have the group write a short scene together and close with us revising it together.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Contributing Editor, Electric Literature
Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she was awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship & a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay "What... Read More →


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