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Saturday, April 30 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
7F: Rewind, Fast Forward, Pause, Play: Negotiating Time in Fiction FILLING

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In fiction, as in life, timing is everything. When should you pause the dramatic action to dwell on a moment and linger? When should you speed things along? How should flashbacks be introduced? Too many allusions to the past and you risk losing the reader; too few, and your characters may not feel real. We will examine different examples of timing in fiction, and will specifically look at flashbacks (“rewinds”), scenes where time slows (“pause”), and accelerated action (“fast forward”), with an eye towards how these affect pacing and voice.

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Maya Lang

Maya Lang is the author of The Sixteenth of June (Scribner), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and featured in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, In Style, The Millions, and The Rumpus. She won the 2017 Neil Shepard Prize in Fiction. Her work has... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Newbury Room