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Saturday, April 30 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
7B: Star Literary Idol FILLING

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A dynamic reader will anonymously perform the first page of your unpublished manuscript for the audience and a panel of his distinguished fellow writers: Steven McCauley, Mameve Medwed and Anita Shreve. When one author hears a line that would prompt her to stop reading, she will raise her hand. The reader will keep reading until a second author raises his hand. The authors will then discuss why the lines gave them pause and offer craft-based and constructive suggestions to the writer. All excerpts are read and evaluated anonymously.

Note to participants: Please bring the first 250 words of your manuscript double-spaced, titled, with its genre (fiction or narrative nonfiction only, please; short stories and essays are perfectly fine) marked clearly at the top. Given the volume of submissions, we can’t guarantee that yours will be read aloud. This session is not for the thin-skinned!

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Stephen McCauley

Stephen McCauley is the author of eight novels, two published under the name Rain Mitchell.  He is Associate Director of Creative Writing at Brandeis University. His books include The Object of My Affection and, most recently, Insignificant Others. Three of his novels have been made into feature films.
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Mameve Medwed

Mameve Medwed-- Bangor, Maine's other writer-- is the author of five novels, Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (2007 Massachusetts Book Award Honors in Fiction), and Of Men and Their Mothers. She has published essays in three anthologies: How to Spell Chanukah (Algonquin), My Bookstore (Black Dog and Leventhal), and What My Mother Gave Me (Algonquin). Her short stories, essays, and book... Read More →
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Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the author of sixteen novels. She lives in both Maine and Boston.
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Sebastian Stuart

Sebastian Stuart has written novels, plays, screenplays, and has ghostwritten in every genre imaginable. As a playwright, he was dubbed “the poet laureate of the Lower East Side” by Michael Musto in The Village Voice. His first novel, The Mentor, is a psychological thriller. 24-Karat Kids, written with Dr. Judy Goldstein, was published in eight countries. Charm! by Kendall Hart was aNew York... Read More →

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