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Eugene: What makes a successful writing group

April 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

What makes a successful writing group?

Cai Emmons, Miriam Gershow, and Debra Gwartney share the secrets of their longstanding and successful writing group. Listen to them talk about what makes a good beta reader, when it’s most useful to share work with others, and how to generously give and receive-or reject-reader feedback.

About the speakers

Debra Gwartney is the author of a memoir, Live Through This. Recent essays have appeared in such journals as Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Creative Nonfiction and The Normal School. She teaches in the Pacific University MFA Program, and lives in Western Oregon.

Miriam Gershow is a novelist, short story writer and teacher. Her debut novel, The Local News, was published in 2009. She has taught creative writing to everyone from first graders to graduate students.

Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son (Harcourt), The Stylist (HarperCollins), and Weather Woman, (to be published in October, 2018 by Red Hen Press). Her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, Arts and Culture, The Pennsylvania Gazette, The New York Post, and The Santa Monica Review, among others, and she has a selection in WRITE NOW: Writing Exercises by Today’s Best Writers and Teachers. She teaches in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.


April 5, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tsunami Books, Eugene
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, OR 97405