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Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Matrices, Diagrams, and Embodying the Ensemble with Matt Bell, Leah Newsom

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Mixed Genre
Tags: Character, Voice, Narrative, Form

About the Session

In this session, we will analyze the structure of the ensemble cast, using examples from film and literature. Through visual approaches, we will imagine methodologies for utilizing, manipulating, and breaking the form of the ensemble cast. How can we wield a multiplicity of voices to build and release tension, develop a narrative, and deconstruct the expectations of the form? 

Meet the Presenter(s)

Picture of Matt Bell

Matt Bell is the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. A native of Michigan, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.

Photograph of Leah Newsom

Leah Newsom is a fiction writer born and raised in Arizona. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and is the Founding Editor of Spilled Milk Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, JukedPassages North, and more.