R197. Writing Rules I Break, Presented by The Southampton Review

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Writing workshop leaders often focus on the rules of narrative arc, point of view, characterization, and punctuation. But the rule breakers of today are the rule makers of the canon. How can we know when to stretch and bend literary principles? A craft talk by writers who know the rules and know when to circumvent them, this panel, which includes fiction writers, memoirists, literary review editors, and a poet, considers when and how rule breakers are able to create livelier, more exciting work.



Lou Ann Walker is the editor-in-chief of TSR: The Southampton Review. The author of A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in the Family, as well as many other books and articles, she is a professor at Stony Brook Southampton.

Susan Scarf Merrell is fiction editor of TSR: The Southampton Review, and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. Her novel Shirley is forthcoming in 2014.

Dinah Lenney wrote Bigger than Life: A Murder, A Memoir and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. She teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. Her new memoir The Object Parade will be published in 2014.

Robert Wrigley teaches at the University of Idaho. His most recent books include Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems, and The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems.

Rachel Pastan is the author of three novels, Alena, Lady of the Snakes, and This Side of Married. A member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is also editor-at-large for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she writes the blog "Miranda."


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