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Friday, April 29 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
4K: Essentials of Specificity FULL

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The fictive dream. As writers of both fiction and nonfiction, we know that the success our stories have with readers relies, fundamentally, on this: the sense the reader has of leaving their world behind and entering the world of the story. Alice LaPlante calls how you create this “crowding,” or providing so much specificity to the created world that you crowd the reader out of their own space and they have no choice but to surrender to your words. But how do you know where specificity is needed, and where it’s just a red herring, calling the reader’s attention to unnecessary things? And how do you see where you’re being truly specific and where you’re not, when what you mean is already clear in your head? Join us for a jam-packed hour of specific tools for specificity, including Roy Peter Clark’s ladder of abstraction and Carol Bly’s technique of empathic questioning. We’ll analyze specificity in examples taken from both fiction and nonfiction and, as time allows, in our own prose. Please bring 1 printed-out page of your own draft prose.

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Author, THE FACT OF A BODY
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, which will be published by Flatiron Books (Macmillan) in May 2017. It is also forthcoming from publishers internationally. A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and Rona Jaffe Award recipient, she has twice been a fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo. Her essays appear in The New York Times, Oxford American, Iowa Review, and many other publications, and were... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Whittier Room