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All Levels | Jennifer Haigh is the author of five novels, each of which nearly killed her. She is also the author of three unfinished and unfinishable manuscripts — woefully ill-conceived stories that will never see the light of day. In this session she will discuss which strategies worked and which ones didn’t. Topics will include: How to tell the difference between a novel and a short story; the most important choice a novelist makes; plot vs. causality; and more. Bring something to write with, and all your questions about novel-craft. Whether you have a brand-new idea for a novel or have been working on one for years, you can expect to leave with concrete strategies to move your project forward.
Jennifer Haigh is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories. Her most recent novel, Heat and Light, received a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Slate. Her previous books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in fiction, and have been published in eighteen languages. Her short stories have been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories anthology and many other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.