In a recent article for The New York Times, the novelist David Mitchell said that “a novel contains as many versions of itself as it has readers.” Reading is an intimate, individual endeavor, and its reward depends heavily on what the reader brings to the table—but what is the writer’s relationship and responsibility to this individual experience? If certain aspects of narrative depend very heavily on a single, universal interpretation, how can the writer control the basic reading experience, ensuring that almost every reader is (for lack of a better phrase) on the same page? In this workshop, we will focus on layering the world of the narrative by means of detail, voice, and nuance – the smoke-and-mirrors and sleights-of-hand that are the writer’s equalizing arsenal.
Téa Obreht’s first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award Finalist. Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. The New Yorker named her one of its “20 Under 40” best American fiction writers in 2010, and the National Book Foundation honored her on its list of “5 Under 35.”
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