R190. A Field Guide for the Craft of Fiction: Finding Structure

Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


When talking about narrative structure, we often focus on the macro: three acts, plot points, beginnings, and endings. But there are micro ways to think about structure while working with character, dialogue, the movement through time and space, and shifts between interiority and exterior action. Authors of literary, fantasy, and YA fiction featured in the forthcoming Field Guide for the Craft of Fiction will discuss how they developed (and stumbled upon) structure in their novels and stories.



Michael Noll is the program director at the Writers' League of Texas and editor of Read to Write Stories. His book In the Beginning, Middle, and End: A Field Guide for Writing Fiction is forthcoming next fall. His work appears in the 2016 Best American Mystery Stories anthology.

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the collection, The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, and the forthcoming novel, The Regional Office Is Under Attack! He teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and at the low-residency MFA program at IAIA.

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail and the forthcoming novel Pull Me Under. A contributing editor at Electric Literature, she is a 2016–17 Radcliffe Institute fellow.

Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin’s Roc Books and the Young Adult novel SHADOWSHAPER, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus, Mythopoeic, and Norton awards.

LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of the novel, Jam on the Vine, a Stonewall Honor book and Lammy finalist; a story collection; and editor of three interview books on creative process with women musicians. She holds a PhD in American studies from the College of William and Mary.


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