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Saturday, April 7 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
7J: Violent Delights & Violent Ends: What to Consider When Writing Violence in Fiction and Nonfiction
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Violence is a tool writers use to increase tension, inform character, force the moment to its crisis, and change the course of history. Like all tools, it must be deployed judiciously. If it's exploitative or over the top, it can alienate or offend readers, cheapen a story, and perpetuate damaging cultural stereotypes. In this session authors Kelly J. Ford, Stephanie Gayle, and Emily Ross will explore what we must consider when we write violence. They will discuss examples of violence in literature that work and that don't, and share techniques for writing violence that is earned and not gratuitous.

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Kelly J. Ford

Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, named one of 2017’s best books of the year by the Los Angeles Review. Her work has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine, and is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine. Kelly is an instructor for... Read More →
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Stephanie Gayle

Stephanie Gayle writes the Chief Lynch mystery series, including Idyll Threats and Idyll Fears, and is the author of My Summer of Southern Discomfort. She's twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Stephanie graduated Grub Street's Novel Incubator program and she co-founded the... Read More →
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Emily Ross

Emily Ross is the author of Half in Love with Death, a young adult novel inspired by a true crime from the 1960s. Half in Love with Death was named a finalist in the International Thriller Writers 2016 Thriller Awards. Emily received a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist... Read More →

Saturday April 7, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor