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Saturday, April 30 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
8D: Politics and Prose LIMITED

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How can we write fiction about an important historical or political event without sounding pedantic or didactic? How can we place our characters at a “famous” time and place without having the history and/or politics take over the story? Many challenges exist in writing fiction about important, past political events. In this session, we’ll study examples from published works to learn strategies that can help our characters stand out from the politics that may shape them. We’ll focus on how to be engaged in inventing a story, rather than reporting the political event around which the story is based. Then through exercises, we will look at how to make our own fiction informed, but not overwhelmed, by its politics.

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Marjan Kamali

Marjan Kamali’s debut novel Together Tea (EccoBooks/HarperCollins) was a Massachusetts Book Award Finalist, an NPR WBUR Good Read, and a Target Emerging Author Selection. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MFA from NYU. Her short stories appear in the anthologies Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been and Tremors and she’s written for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Charles River Room

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