The Writer's Studio Craft Talk with Carmen Maria Machado: Every Story is a Haunted House Story

$65.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

During this craft seminar, we will break down the haunted house genre to its essential elements—the philosophy of space, ghosts, metaphor, memory, and the uncanny, the intrusion of the past onto the present, and the relationship between author and story, story and reader, and author and reader—and explore how they function as a blueprint for all fiction. Some readings and exercises will be assigned in advance; participants should come prepared to write and share.

Books will be available for signing on-site from Tattered Cover. Discounted tickets available through our All-Access Pass. Tickets for Carmen's on-stage reading and interview available here

Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the Crawford Award. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

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Jul 29, 2018 10:00am - 12:30pm