AN EVENING WITH ANN BEATTIE & ROXANA ROBINSON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 @ SPACE Gallery ____________________________
Join the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and SPACE Gallery for a lively conversation with literary luminaries Ann Beattie and Roxana Robinson.
Beattie (Mrs. Nixon, The New Yorker Stories) and Robinson (Sparta, Cost) will read selections from some of their favorite short stories in the literary cannon and discuss each piece’s merits and vicissitudes. The duo will also read from and discuss one another’s work. The evening will be moderated by MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell.
Ann Beattie is the author of eight novels, nine short story collections, and the novella Walks With Men. Beattie has been celebrated as a voice of her generation and in the 1980s her name spawned the adjective “Beattiesque.” Her recent collection The New Yorker Stories gathers forty-eight short stories that have appeared in that august magazine.
Roxana Robinson is the author of five novels, three short story collections, and the biography Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life. Robinson’s 2008 novel Cost was named one of the Five Best Novels of the Year by the Washington Post. She is revered literary critic, currently serves as the president of the Author’s Guild, and was called “John Cheever’s heir apparent” by the New York Times Book Review.
AN EVENING WITH ANN BEATTIE & ROXANA ROBINSON Wednesday, August 20 @ SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress Street in Portland, ME Doors at 6:30 PM Show at 7:00 PM
TICKETS MWPA and SPACE members: Free General: $5 in advance | $8 at the door
Books by both authors will be available for purchase at the event from local bookseller Longfellow Books.
NEW FICTION WORKSHOP!
MUDDLE IN THE MIDDLE A Novel Workshop
Instructor: Katharine Davis Date & Time: Saturday August 16 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
You have the draft or partial draft of a novel. It may be too long, it may be too short, you have some beautiful sentences, but it still doesn’t feel like “a book.” In this three-hour workshop we’ll look at ways to find the shape of the story and craft it into a strong narrative. We will discuss characterization, pacing, and the narrative arc. The task of revision doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you break it down into manageable parts. Bring your questions and problems to the workshop and together we’ll come up with possible solutions for turning your draft into a successful novel.