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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: "Pulling from Every Genre" with Erika T. Wurth

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1/13/2021 From 8:00 PM CST to 9:30 PM CST


Introducing an exciting new series: WLT Off the Beaten Craft. A few times a year, the Writers' League of Texas will host a free presentation from an author who knows their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don't often get to talk about. These "Off the Beaten Craft" presentations are free and open to all.

   

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. YOU MAY JOIN US FOR THE LIVESTREAM ON OUR YOUTUBE PAGE, STARTING AT 8 P.M. CST.

 

About the Event

Whether you’re writing straight realism, science-fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy or a Post-Modern thriller, you can utilize the strengths of each genre, in your manuscript. In this presentation, Erika T. Wurth will talk about how different writers do that in different genres, what you can take away from each, and how this applies to language, form, structure, point of view and characterization. In genres such as the thriller, structure is king, and there’s much to be said for looking at a tried-and-true form, even if your plan is to deviate. In speculative fiction, the imagination that goes into building imaginary worlds is something to take away, no matter what you’re writing. In realism and post-modern fiction, because these have been the literary fiction norms, writers in these genres are often masters at dialogue, inner-monologue, complex characterization, deviation from the formula in terms of form, and attention to language. In this lecture, we’ll look at examples from each, so that you’ll be able to take the strengths of every genre to what you’re working on.

About the Presenter

Erika T. Wurth’s publications include two novels, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and You Who Enter Here, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine. A writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, Bitch, Waxwing, and The Kenyon Review. She will be faculty at Breadloaf in 2020, is a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop Scholar, attended the Tin House Summer Workshop, and has been chose as a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver Installation. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee, and was raised outside of Denver, where she lives with her partner, stepchildren, and two incredibly fluffy dogs.     

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