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Friday, April 29 • 10:00am - 11:30am
1A: What’s Your Book “About”? FULL

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This may seem like a simple question, but it’s not—and for many writers, the answer isn’t so easy to come up with either. But it’s an important question when it comes to selling your book and finding readers, and it’s even more important when you’re in the process of writing it—particularly if you’re closing in on a first draft and/or contemplating a revision. So: What IS your book about? In this dynamic session we’ll look into the three main ways of answering that question: concept, premise, and theme. We’ll discuss each of them in detail, providing a number of illustrative examples from familiar and/or recently published novels. Then you’ll have a chance to come up with the answers for your own novel or memoir, a process that can help you zero in on the core meaning of a work in progress, break creative logjams, and give you the insight needed to take your story to the next level.

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Tim Weed

Tim Weed’s short fiction and essays have won Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction and Solas Best Travel Writing awards and have appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Saranac Review, The Rumpus, Talking Points Memo, Writer's Chronicle, Backcountry, and many other reviews and magazines. Tim holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and has studied with great contemporary American writers including Robert Stone, Russell Banks, Antonya... Read More →

Friday April 29, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Back Bay Room