Rebecca Makkai - I'm Stuck

  • October 12, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL

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Rebecca Makkai

I'm Stuck

A remarkable number of novel drafts never make it past page 50; many short stories don’t make it past page 3. It’s not that your muse has abandoned you, and it’s not that your idea was a non-starter. You’re probably making some common mistakes that dry a story out too quickly, that leave a writer with nowhere to go. Or perhaps you’re simply daunted by the enormity of the distance between Point A and Point Z. We’ll learn concrete techniques for getting over the hump, out of the rut, through the weeds, and back on track. And we’ll learn what to do next time so you don’t get stuck in the first place.

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the story collection Music for Wartime, as well as the novels The Hundred-Year House (a BookPage “Best Book” of 2014 and winner of the Chicago Writers Association Award) and The Borrower (a Booklist Top Ten Debut). Her short fiction was featured in The Best American Short Stories anthology in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and appears regularly in publications such as Harper’s, Tin House and Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers' Conference, Northwestern University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

9-9:30 AM registration and socializing
9:30-12 PM program


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