What Makes an Editor Keep Reading? Led by Dawn Raffel
Tuesday May 14, 2013
Editors, agents—and, for that matter, real-world readers—make snap decisions. What makes them keep reading? What are three things you want to establish immediately, regardless of whether you're writing traditional or transgressive fiction, or anything in between? What are three things that can sink you? This is an interactive class using concrete examples. The class was limited to 15 so that everyone present could participate.
Over a decades-long career, Dawn Raffel has edited fiction at a diverse range of literary and mass circulation magazines, working with well-known authors and discovering new ones. Fiction she has edited has twice won the National Magazine Award. In addition, she has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Montreal. She is the author of four books, most recently, The Secret Life of Objects, and is the editor of The Literarian at the Center for Fiction.