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“I took no maps, I cannot read maps—why press a seal on running water? After all, the only rule of travel is, Don’t come back the way you went. Come a new way.” —Anne Carson, “The Anthropology of Water”
As writers, we inherit molds we’re meant to fit our stories into, maps that tell us to “go this way.” We also crave designs that are pleasing to us. Eventually, though, a pattern can lull us. Familiarity can dull our senses. Outdated maps can lead us astray. What are the ways writers can upset expectations and shake us loose from these grooves? How can experimenting with structure make the old new again or reveal to us as yet undiscovered horizons?
For November Third Thursday, we’ll be in conversation with three notable authors—including Dr. Taylor Byas, Jennifer duBois, and Sarah Viren—to discuss how pushing the boundaries, subverting, bypassing, or breaking traditional forms creates new possibilities in the process. Regardless of what you’re writing—fiction, nonfiction, poetry—this discussion is for you.
This conversation will be moderated by WLT Program Director Sarah Renee Beach.
Buy our panelists’ books and support indie bookstores! You can find our November Third Thursday booklist here.