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Summer Writers LabJune 2011: Fiction Immersion

The Summer Writers Lab features three days of workshops, panels, readings and performances by prominent writers working in a wide range of styles.

Master Workshops in Fiction

What makes a story pop? What makes for a complex and surprising character? What is voice? How do we create tension and sharp dialogue? Why is setting important? In these intensive writing workshops, we will explore various strategies for creating compelling narratives. In the crime novel workshop, we’ll examine how to create an intriguing and sympathetic protagonist, how to write vivid and multi-layered scenes, how to build an effective and suspenseful plot, and how the crime novel can do much more than just deliver a few quick thrills.

Jennifer Egan (Fiction Workshop) - NOW CLOSED

Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Marlon James (Fiction Workshop)

Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Gabriel Cohen (The Crime Novel)

Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Panels and Special Events

Admission to panels and events is included in workshop fees.
Admission for general public: $5, cash only, no advance sales.

Opening Night Reading
Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Gabriel Cohen, Jennifer Egan and Marlon James. Hosted by Jessica Hagedorn. Followed by book signing and reception.
Location: Health Sciences 107

Creating the Writer’s Website
Friday, June 17, 8:45 a.m.

Do you have a professional website? Have you been looking for a web platform to showcase your work online? Are you daunted by the idea of hiring a graphic designer to create your web identity? This workshop is designed as a basic introduction for the writer looking to cultivate their web presence and share their work online. It will focus on providing participants with a working knowledge of Googlesites, an open source program, and a general overview of options for the writer’s website. Space is limited; requires RSVP.

Reading and Performance: Rick Moody and Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)
Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Local favorite Rick Moody (The Four Fingers of Death, The Ice Storm) and erudite novelist Wesley Stace (Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer) will give a hybrid performance and reading. Moody, who is at work on a forthcoming book of essays about music, and Stace, who has released 15 albums under the name John Wesley Harding, will join forces for a unique and intimate evening that will showcase their musical and literary talents. Hosted by Andy Hunter, Publisher and editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn-based journal, Electric Literature. A Q&A and a book signing follows their performance.
Location: The Spike Lee Screening Room

The Literary Marketplace in the 21st Century
Saturday, June 18 at 1 p.m.

A lunch-time panel with Rakesh Satyal (editor at HarperCollins and author of the acclaimed novel, Blue Boy), Johnny Temple (publisher and editor-in-chief, Akashic Books and chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival), and veteran literary agent, Faith Childs, who represents some of today’s leading writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. The panel will be moderated by Harold Augenbraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards.
Location: Health Sciences 107

Summer Writers Lab Commencement Party, Hosted by novelist Jessica Hagedorn, Lab Director
Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.

Co-Hosted by Electric Literature
One of our creative co-sponsors, Greenlight Bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate the culmination of the program, with readings by guest writers and participants, and a special screening of single sentence animations from groundbreaking Brooklyn literary magazine and Lab co-sponsor, Electric Literature. Jessica Hagedorn will be hosting, and participants will have the opportunity to read a brief excerpt from their work. We hope you will be able to join us. Complimentary food, drink, and magazines!
Location: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

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