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Friday, April 29 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
2D: The Mundane Beauty of Work: Writing about the Workplace in Fiction LIMITED

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Given how essential employment is to our survival, it is surprising how little we see of the workplace in literary fiction. Characters’ jobs are often only mentioned, not seen, yet there is so much potential for the development and deepening of various craft elements – characterization, setting, plot, mood – through the daily work of the people who occupy those stories. In this interactive seminar, we will read and discuss excerpts from a diverse selection of short stories and novels featuring work and the workplace, and examine how it can enrich a story when it is done well. We will also do in-class writing exercises using participants’ own work experiences as well as job descriptions pulled from various sources, including help wanted ads and workplace blogs. The goal is to capture the aesthetic, beauty, and rhythm of work and render it on the page.

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Chaitali Sen

Chaitali Sen is the author of the debut novel, The Pathless Sky, published by Europa Editions in 2015. Her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in New England Review, Colorado Review, New Ohio Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Quarterly Review... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT
Newbury Room