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Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Mining Your Life for Fiction with Yi Shun Lai

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
Tags: Stereotypes

About the Session

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” says the old adage, but how do we write successfully in the area between “write what you know” and work that requires suspension of disbelief? In this workshop, participants will learn to use techniques that will allow them to tell the emotional truth without losing their readers to side-eye. Drawing on years of experience editing and writing fiction, author and editor, Yi Shun Lai, will share with participants the techniques she's learned, as well as examples of work that pass the test of verisimilitude, and make for compelling fiction. The group will also explore the concepts of stereotype and archetype.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Yi Shun Lai (say "yeeshun" for her first name) lives in Southern California. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu was a semi-finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Her memoir Pin Ups will be published in September 2020 by Homebound Publications. She teaches in the MFA programs at Bay Path and Southern New Hampshire Universities.