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The Muse & the Marketplace [clear filter]
Friday, April 3

7:00am EDT

11:30am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Muse Keynote: Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Keynote Speaker, THE REFUGEES
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom - Mezzanine Level

3:00pm EDT

Friday Afternoon Break
Friday April 3, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:45pm EDT

LGBTQ+ Writers, Agents, and Editors Meet-Up
We're hosting a fun and casual gathering for all attendees, authors, editors, and agents at the Muse who identify as LGBTQ+, though all are welcome to join in.

Friday April 3, 2020 4:45pm - 5:45pm EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

4:45pm EDT

5:30pm EDT

Aevitas Shop Talk Happy Hour
The Aevitas Shop Talk Happy Hour is an opportunity to network and socialize with invited literary agents and editors, and you may reserve a seat in advance so that you’ll know exactly with whom you’ll be sitting.

To reserve a spot, you must pay an additional $100 fee and request a table and as you register for the conference and space is limited.

Friday April 3, 2020 5:30pm - 6:45pm EDT
Maggiano's 4 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

6:45pm EDT

Spitballing... Or Is It?
In this fun and fast-moving event, watch live authors use the "spitballing" techniques of screenwriters to push initial story ideas into wilder and more provocative possibilities. This year, we’re adding a twist: in exploring the “Imagination & Reality” theme, our author-panelists will brainstorm ideas for Things That Are Not What They Seem. Come ready to brainstorm, laugh, and contribute your own ideas too.

This event is open to the public.

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Sari Boren

Playwright, TO REST
Sari Boren is an essayist and playwright who has published in Copper Nickel, Lilith Magazine, The Southeast Review, Alimentum, Hobart, and Pangyrus, among others. She teaches creative nonfiction at GrubStreet and co-manages Boston’s Four Stories reading series. In 2019 she was... Read More →
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Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean teaches writing at GrubStreet. His short fiction has been anthologized, and has appeared widely in magazines including GQ, Narrative, Fiction International, Night Train, Other Voices, Drunken Boat, Best Online Fiction 2010, and elsewhere. He is author most recently of... Read More →
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Michelle Seaton

Michelle Seaton’s short fiction has appeared in One Story, Harvard Review, Sycamore Review, and The Pushcart Anthology among others. Her journalism and essays have appeared in Robb Report, Bostonia, Yankee Magazine, The Pinch and Lake Effect. Her essay, “How to Work a Locker... Read More →
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Whitney Scharer

Whitney Scharer holds a BA in English Literature from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her short fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications including Vogue, The Telegraph, The Tatler, and Bellevue Literary... Read More →
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Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she earned an MFA from the University... Read More →
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Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the collection, The Miniature Wife and other stories, for which he received the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, for which he received an Alex Award from the YALSA. His work has been published... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 6:45pm - 8:00pm EDT
Avenue 34 - Lobby Level
Saturday, April 4

7:00am EDT

11:30am EDT

12:30pm EDT

Mid-Muse Keynote: Reyna Grande
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Reyna Grande

Keynote Speaker, A DREAM CALLED HOME
Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home (Atria... Read More →

Saturday April 4, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom - Mezzanine Level

3:00pm EDT

Saturday Afternoon Break
Saturday April 4, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

4:45pm EDT

Writers, Agents, and Editors of Color Meet-Up
For the fourth year running, we're hosting a fun and casual gathering for all attendees, authors, editors, and agents at the Muse who identity as people of color, though all are welcome to join in.

Saturday April 4, 2020 4:45pm - 6:15pm EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level

6:00pm EDT

All-Conference Party
Saturday April 4, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
The Brahmin 33 Stanhope Street, Boston MA 02116
Sunday, April 5

8:00am EDT

1:00pm EDT

Marketplace Keynote | What I Never Saw Coming: Imagination & Reality in Publishing and More
Join us as we explore the theme of "Imagination & Reality" in the realm of publishing and career accomplishments. What might we writers imagine for our lives when we get that book deal, snag that huge fellowship, etc., and what is often the reality of what actually happens, in both good ways and bad? Hear four successful authors tell their stories of the unexpected, as well as concrete tips and advice for us fellow writers.

A light lunch buffet will be served.

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Shuchi Saraswat

Fiction & Nonfiction Writer
Shuchi Saraswat's work has appeared in Ecotone, Tin House online, Literary Hub, Women’s Review of Books, and Quick Fiction. Her essay "The Journey Home" received a special mention in Pushcart XLII 2018 and is anthologized in Trespass: Ecotone Essayists Beyond the Boundaries of Place... Read More →
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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali was born in Turkey to Iranian parents and spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran and the United States. She is the author of the novels The Stationery Shop (Gallery/Simon&Schuster), which was an Indie Next Pick, one of Newsweek’s Best Summer Books, and... Read More →
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Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the senior editor of Electric Literature's Recommended Reading and a staff writer at Literary Hub. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction... Read More →
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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 →
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Courtney Maum

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), and the handbook... Read More →

Sunday April 5, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Grand Ballroom - Mezzanine Level