The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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)

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow 2019 Yi Shun Lai

Yi Shun Lai is co-owner and fiction editor of the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine. Her column on writing and publishing, "From the Front Lines," appears monthly in The Writer magazine. Her debut novel Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, was a semi-finalist for 2017's Thurber Prize in American Humor. She teaches in the MFA programs at Southern New Hampshire University and Bay Path University