Dangerous Writing

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In your writing, do you shy away from highly charged scenes involving violence, sex, danger, mental illness, intoxication, or a character going through any type of intense physical or emotional state? During this presentation, we’ll confront the challenges of conveying the thrills and fears of the most intense moments of your work in fresh ways that engage your readers’ hearts and minds. We’ll analyze published work for inspiration, do writing exercises, then share the results to come up with common strategies for tackling this kind of challenge.

About Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger is the author of the story collection The View From Stalin's Head (Rome Prize), and the novels Faith for Beginners and Nirvana is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Poets & Writers, Boulevard, and O, the Oprah Magazine. He has taught writing at Columbia University, the George Washington University, and the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program.

Teaching style: As a writing student once himself, one of the things Aaron has learned over the years is that a writing career is a lifelong process that transcends any particular work. When he reads student writing, he's not only looking at how to improve the work at hand, but also trying to figure out which tendencies of word choice, characterization, detail, etc. need encouragement and which ones need sharpening.

 

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