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Friday, April 6 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
2J: Shut Up and Listen: Crafting Literary Voice from Literal Voices
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Fiction writers talk endlessly about voice, using terms like syntax and point-of-view and diction, likely pointing to their favorite authors or texts for examples of the most distinctive. But most of us spend far more hours of our days away from the page, where we're surrounded by actual voices: those with whom we converse, those on whom we eavesdrop, those of our friends and those of complete strangers. Instead of thinking about the wait in line at the grocery store as a waste of time, why not think of it as an opportunity? In this discussion and guided writing panel, we'll work on transforming snippets of disembodied dialogue—from our memories, from found audio, and from transcripts of recorded conversations—into lively fictional creations.

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Xhenet Aliu

Author, BRASS
Xhenet Aliu is the author of the novel Brass (Random House, 2018) and the short fiction collection Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories (Univ. Neb. Press, 2013), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Glimmer... Read More →

Friday April 6, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm EDT
Cabot Room - 4th Floor
  Block 2