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Saturday, October 13 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Reading Like a Writer: Character

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Have you ever wondered how an author chose details to bring a place to life, why she chose her narrative’s point(s) of view, or how he captured a character’s distinctive personality? In these three sessions, writers will open up about the nuts and bolts of their craft. Our host for each session will lead an audience discussion of a very short excerpt from each author’s work before bringing the author into the conversation to contextualize the excerpt, discuss her or his choices, and answer questions from the audience. A unique alternative to traditional readings, these sessions will appeal not only to aspiring fiction writers but also to readers looking to enrich their reading experience. This session will consist of three twenty-minute guided explorations of the work of authors whose recent novels develop indelible, unforgettable characters: Lise Haines (When We Disappear), Jaap Robben (You Have Me to Love), and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore (Sketchtasy). Our host is novelist Michelle Hoover, author most recently of Bottomland. Sponsored by Emerson College.

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Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover is an award-winning author and innovative writing professor and educator. She is the head and cofounder of the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet and has been teaching creative writing in different capacities for years. A writing professor at Boston University for... Read More →

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Lise Haines

Lise Haines is a successful author and writing professor. She is a senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College and is a former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. Her debut novel, In My Sister’s Country, was published in 2002 and was a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Fiction... Read More →
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Jaap Robben

Jaap Robben is a poet, playwright, performer, and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, has received international glowing reviews and was the winner of the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the ANV Award for best Dutch... Read More →
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Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is an author and queer activist. Her 2013 memoir, The End of San Francisco, won the 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and she edited the collection Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, which was a Stonewall Honor Book and a nominee for a Lambda Literary Award... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
BPL McKim Lower Level B Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA