nonfiction

Monday, November 2, 2020

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Just Write
Sayantani Dasgupta
Sayantani Dasgupta
Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between

Join us every morning for thirty-minute writing exercises to spark creativity and openness.

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Theme and Audience
Gerald Maa
Gerald Maa
The Georgia Review, editor

This editorial craft talk focuses on what to consider when putting together a periodical publication (i.e., journal, magazine, 'zine, or the like) pointedly focused on a specific cause, debate, and/or interest. We will start with a discussion about the periodical's salient quality of the contemporary, and then walk through a list of considerations and brainstorming activities that are helpful in figuring out how you want to stage your conversation, using the Georgia Review's special issue on the census as a model.

This editorial talk is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Reading and Conversation
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
World of Wonders
Gerald Maa
Gerald Maa
The Georgia Review, editor

conversation moderated by Melissa Crowe

This reading is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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Fairytales & the Future

"The future," writes Carlos Levi, "has an ancient heart." In this craft talk, Sabrina Orah Mark will consider how we can use the (old) materials of the fairytale to imagine a future.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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Send Word: Writers' Week Edition
Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Ornament; Ecotone, editor

Send Word, a portable correspondence station, offers encouragement to connect with family and friends via our beloved USPS. This on-screen, post-election edition will include a letter-writing prompt toward recalling what matters to us most. Our featured stationer is Bridget Lewis of Delta Letterpress, a studio in Sacramento, California, focused on custom stationery, fine printing, and social justice. Find their work here—Anna Lena suggests these postcards. Bring your favorite writing implement, postcards (or a cereal box and some scissors) and stamps, and join us to write a letter today! 

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Reading and Conversation
Jenn Shapland
Jenn Shapland
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers
Deesha Philyaw
Deesha Philyaw
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

conversation moderated by Rebecca Lee

Thursday, November 5, 2020

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Unconventional Approaches to Research
Jenn Shapland
Jenn Shapland
My Autobiography of Carson McCullers

Can you incorporate research into your writing without boring your reader—or yourself? How do you speak to archivists and get them to give up their secrets? What are the best snacks to sneak into the library? Drawing on her work as an archivist and research into the life of Carson McCullers, Jenn Shapland will offer insights into the process of conducting research. She'll also show some unusual forms that research can take on the page in genre-bendy work by Claudia Rankine, Layli Long Soldier, Eula Biss, and others.

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Publishing 101 with agent Monika Woods of Triangle House
Monika Woods
Monika Woods
Triangle House, founder

Monika Woods, literary agent and founder of Triangle House, discusses the basics of the publishing industry from an author-oriented perspective. She'll discuss platform (what does that mean and how do I get one?), querying (how do I even start?), and the path a project takes from draft to submission to book on a shelf.