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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’s debut novel, The Sixteenth of June, was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She received the 2012 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Award in Fiction, and was a finalist for Glimmer Train‘s Short Story Award for New Writers.  | | Lang has appeared on television and radio, and been a guest speaker at conferences, college campuses, and literary festivals. A graduate of Swarthmore College, she earned... Read More →

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