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WLT Off the Beaten Craft: “Pulling from Every Genre” with Erika T. Wurth

January 13, 2021 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CST

Off the Beaten Craft with Erika T Wurth
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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.

About the Event

Whether you’re writing straight realism, science-fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy or a Post-Modern thriller, you can utilize the strengths of each genre, in your manuscript. In this presentation, Erika T. Wurth will talk about how different writers do that in different genres, what you can take away from each, and how this applies to language, form, structure, point of view and characterization. In genres such as the thriller, structure is king, and there’s much to be said for looking at a tried-and-true form, even if your plan is to deviate. In speculative fiction, the imagination that goes into building imaginary worlds is something to take away, no matter what you’re writing. In realism and post-modern fiction, because these have been the literary fiction norms, writers in these genres are often masters at dialogue, inner-monologue, complex characterization, deviation from the formula in terms of form, and attention to language. In this lecture, we’ll look at examples from each, so that you’ll be able to take the strengths of every genre to what you’re working on.

Featured Presenter(s)

Erika T. Wurth’s literary-horror novel, White Horse, is forthcoming with Flatiron/Macmillan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Buzzfeed, Boulevard, Lithub, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Kenyon Review. She is a Kenyon and Sewanee fellow, and a narrative artist for the Meow Wolf Denver installation. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman (books) and Dana Spector, CAA (film). She is an urban Native of Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee descent and was raised outside of Denver, where she lives with her partner, her two stepchildren, and her extremely fluffy dogs.  


January 13, 2021
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM CST
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