9:30-11 Aimee LaBrie: The ABDCE's of Plot and Tension in Fiction
A look at the short story structure by examining the action, background, development, climax, and ending and explore ways to turn up the heat.
Bio: Aimee LaBrie works as a communications director at Rutgers University. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was chosen as the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her short stories have been published in Pleiades, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest and was a finalist for a Pushcart Prize. Her second collection of short stories, Animal Shelters, was a finalist in the BOA Prize in Fiction in 2014. You can read her blog at www.butcallmebetsy.blogspot.com.
11-1:30 Emma Copley Eisenberg: Exciting and Innovative Voice
We know it when we hear it: that distinctive voice on the page that grabs us by the shirt collar and says, "Come closer, listen to this." But how do we craft it ourselves on the page? This is a workshop for nonfiction writers struggling to hone their own storytelling persona and make it stand out from the riff raff and for fiction writers trying to conjure the speech and flavor of a particular character, moment, or location. We'll read some of the best voices in modern fiction and nonfiction, parse what makes them hum, and do hands-on exercises that will have you leaving ready to write with new energy.
Bio: Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Slate, Hyperallergic, The New Republic, Gulf Coast, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others and has received honors or residencies from Narrative, Buzzfeed, Lambda Literary, and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She lives in West Philadelphia and teaches at Stockton University.