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Friday, May 5 • 10:30am - 11:45am
1M: Keep the Narrative Going: Effective Methods to Provide Context in Fiction FULL
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Do you struggle to offer background information on a character or place without losing narrative momentum? Are you unsure of how to include social, cultural, or political context while keeping your writing engaging and entertaining? This session will focus on that crucial element for creating socially layered, culturally nuanced, but ultimately accessible stories: context. You will be provided with a series of detailed approaches—alongside specific examples—to ensure that the context you include in a piece of fiction fits smoothly into the narrative, heightens tension, enriches plot, and deepens characters. You will also be given several take-home exercises as practical tools that can be applied during the drafting and revision of a novel or short story.

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Dariel Suarez

Author, IN THE LAND OF TROPICAL MARTYRS
Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1997, during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He’s the author of the chapbook In The Land of Tropical Martyrs, available from Backbone Press. Dariel earned his M.F.A. in fiction at Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow, and is one of the founding editors of Middle Gray Magazine. He has taught creative writing at Boston University, the Boston Arts Academy, and is now a fiction instructor at GrubStreet. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and magazines, including Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Florida Review, and The Caribbean Writer, where his work was awarded the First Lady Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize. Dariel has recently completed a novel set in his native Cuba, titled The... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Back Bay Room