Goldie Goldbloom - The Poetics of Place: Making Landscape Essential to Fiction (rather than a boring digression)

  • January 02, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL


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We've all read books where we've skipped the sections in which the authors are describing the landscape. And yet, there are other books in which those are sometimes the most compelling sections of all. What makes the difference? How can we make sure that our treatments and understanding of the role of landscape in our work deepen and enrich our work, rather than bog it down? This session will be providing some answers. 

Goldie Goldbloom is an Australian writer living in Chicago with her eight children. Her latest novel is On Division, which was launched on September 17th from Farrar Straus and Giroux. Her fifth book, Marguerite and Eleanor, is forthcoming in 2020, also with Farrar Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and nonfiction have received many prizes and awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Chicago, the Brown Foundation, Best Australian Short Stories, Le Monde and others. You can find her writing in many fine journals, including Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner and at NPR and Le Monde. Goldie teaches at the University of Chicago and in Northwestern University's MFA program for writers.

Goldie will accept 2 manuscripts for critique in order of submission. Please see manuscript guidelines on the OCWW website:  for details.

9-9:30 Registration and Socializing

9:30-12 Program

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