Wheating Out

Posted on 09 October 2013

Are you ready to be creeped out? Perhaps magically creeped out? Do you live in the general Great Lakes region? If so, Winter Wheat, the Mid-American Review Festival of Writing, held Nov. 14-16 at Bowling Green State University, might be just the thing. I’ll be presenting two sessions — one on my own about creepy narrators (if you’ve read Living Arrangements, think the narrator of “The Ballad Solemn of Lady Malena,” aka the man obsessed with an elite figure skater) and one along with two fabulous members of my MFA cohort that surrounds magical realism. Here are the full descriptions:

“Genre Bending: Adding a Dash of Magic to Your Realistic Fiction”
Friday, November 15
4:30-5:45 p.m.
Presenters: Liz Breazeale, Jackie Cummins, and Laura Maylene Walter
Taking a cue from authors including Karen Russell, Aimee Bender, and Kevin Brockmeier, this session will examine magical elements in otherwise realistic fiction. We’ll discuss and practice techniques writers can use to incorporate a touch of the unreal in the everyday world of their characters. Participants will have the opportunity to put into practice what they’ve learned through writing exercises designed to spark some literary magic.

“You’re Creeping Me Out: Letting Your Narrator’s Dark Side Shine”
Saturday, November 16
9:00-10:15 a.m.
Presenter: Laura Maylene Walter
Sometimes, the most interesting narrators are the dark, the depraved, the illicit, or the dangerous. In this session, we’ll examine examples of fiction written from the point of view of such “dark” characters. We’ll also consider why these characters are compelling, discuss how to effectively tell a story in a creepy character’s voice, and address common pitfalls writers may encounter when creating these narrators. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to writing prompts during this session to let their own dark sides shine.

Hope to see you there. Bring your dark side.

Photo: kewing

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