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Saturday, April 6 • 10:30am - 11:45am
5B: Writing While Multilingual: How to Leverage Your Languages for Strong Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

For bi- or multilingual writers, our relationship to language(s) can be complex, and there is a growing appreciation in today’s market for stories that reflect this. Colonization, immigration, belonging versus otherness, the circumstances of our growing up-- all these influence how we use and feel about language.

In this fiction-focused session, we will work to identify our own relationships with our languages and how they influence what/how we write. We'll draw on excerpts by writers such as Junot Díaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwige Danticat, and Amitav Ghosh, who use their particular flexibility with words in their writing. We will identify some practical techniques for how to use our own languages to craft the strongest, truest fiction for an audience who might not be familiar with all of them.

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Anjali Duva

Co-Founder, Galiot Press
Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian American writer who was raised in France. She is the author of the historical novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN which was shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and she has been a Finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural Council... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Gloucester Room - 4th Floor