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In this session, we will unpack the many choices a fiction writer makes as he or she moves from sentence to sentence, including the rhythms and sounds that present themselves within each individual sentence. We will accomplish this by dissecting and discussing examples from contemporary writers in the vein of those Gary Lutz once described as recognizing “the sentence as the one true theater of endeavor,” and through their examples we will find new ways to awaken the power lying dormant in our prose.
Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novel SCRAPPER, which will be published in September 2015 by Soho Press. His last novel, IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient. His writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, The New York Times, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, and many other publications. Born in Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.