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Friday, May 5 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
3E: Stealth Description FILLING
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We’ve all had the experience of reading a book or story and finding ourselves skimming—perhaps even skipping—a stagnant paragraph of scene-setting description. Yet there are ways to describe actively, to incorporate exposition organically, even to set a scene without “describing” at all. This seminar will present effective, original, and artful approaches to “stealth description”: keeping the reader engaged and the story moving forward without drawing undue attention to the act of describing. We’ll learn how to put descriptions to work in ways that serve multiple story elements at once, while addressing common pitfalls (the unincorporated block of prose; the flashy detail that calls too much attention to itself; generic depictions of the familiar). This is a combined lecture-discussion, so bring a pen and paper for note-taking and exercises. 

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Daphne Kalotay

Daphne Kalotay is the author of the Boston Globe bestseller SIGHT READING (Harper)—winner of the 2014 New England Society Book Award and a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize—and of the national and international bestseller RUSSIAN WINTER (Harper), which won the Writers’ League of Texas Fiction Prize and has been published in 21 languages. Her fiction collection, CALAMITY AND OTHER STORIES, was short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize and includes work first published in Prairie Schooner, Agni, Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Good Housekeeping and elsewhere. | | Daphne has a PhD in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Boston University, where she also received an MFA in Creative Writing, and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She has written essays and book reviews for the New York Times Book Review and Poets... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Charles River Room