In conversation with Abby Geni, Ian McGuire, and Marcus Malte
Festival Étonnants Voyagers, Saint Malo
Charles M. Schultz Museum
The question that drives Jean Hegland’s most recent novel, Still Time, is whether aging Shakespeare scholar John Wilson can find a way to reconcile with his video gamer daughter before dementia overtakes him. In her talk, Hegland will describe the inception and evolution of Still Time, and address the challenges of writing a novel that has fascinated and moved both readers who have no interest in Shakespeare as well as those who are Shakespeare enthusiasts and even experts. In addition, Hegland will discuss the pleasures of incorporating Shakespeare’s language, themes, and questions about recognition and reconciliation into her own story.
Hemingway Literary Center, Boise State University
This class will use brief lectures, lively discussions, and in-class writing exercises to explore important elements of fiction such as character, plot, and point of view. Participants can expect to discover inspiration for new stories and/or to continue to develop the stories they are currently working on.
Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education
9:30: Registration, coffee/muffins. 9:50: Welcome & Introductions. 10:00: Ellen Sussman. 10:55: Karen MacNeil. 11:45: Lunch. 12:15: Visit/book signing. 1:00: Vanessa Diffenbaugh. 1:50: Jean Hegland. 2:40: Visit with the authors, sip something refreshing, and gather autographs.
Pleasant Hill Community Center
MAKING THE MOST OF CONFLICT Almost every successful story is fueled by conflict. This workshop will use brief lectures, lively discussions, and supportive writing exercises to explore how writers of fiction and memoir can take full advantage of the opportunities for storytelling, plot formation, and character development that conflict provides.
Mendocino College Fort Bragg Center
First Year Year Experience Program Talk
Sonoma State University
How can we teach readers what they need to know to understand our stories while keeping them engaged with characters who are, essentially, nerds?
Los Angeles Convention Center