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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: Found Fiction

May 21 2024 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts Off the Beaten Craft talks a few times a year, featuring presentations from authors and experts who know their stuff, focused on a genre, form, or topic that we don’t often get to talk about.

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Found fiction is best described by the journal Archive of the Odd as “stories told in a ‘non-fiction’ format, such as letters, transcripts, websites, ‘lost media,’ etc.” Consider a story written entirely within a company’s Slack channel, such as Several People are Typing by Calvin Kasulke, or a commentary in the footnotes of an academic work like in House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.

Writing found fiction comes with considerations outside of writing typical prose, like the element of discovery and the constraint of your chosen (or found!) form. In this Off the Beaten Craft presentation, Christine Sneed will explore these questions and leave you with a cohesive understanding of how to start your own found fiction project.

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Christine Sneed’s most recent books are Direct Sunlight, Please Be Advised: A Novel in Memos, The Virginity of Famous Men, and Paris, He Said. She’s also the editor of the short fiction anthology Love in the Time of Time’s Up. Her work has appeared in publications including The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, New England Review, Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. She has received the Grace Paley Prize, an O. Henry Prize, and the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, among other honors, and has been a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. She teaches for Northwestern University, Stanford University Continuing Studies, and Regis University.


May 21 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT
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