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Eugene: The Evolution of a Novel with Cai Emmons
September 4, 2019
The Evolution of a Novel: How I Overcame the Writing Challenges Presented by My Most Recent Novel, WEATHER WOMAN
9/4/2019 Special WEDNESDAY meeting, instead of Thursday
When I realized I was going to be writing a novel about a meteorologist and climate scientist AND that novel was going to incorporate some elements of the supernatural, I realized I had several huge challenges ahead of me. How do I, a non-scientist, write credibly about a scientist? How can I write elements of the supernatural into a realistic novel? How do I write about an exotic place I have never visited? This PowerPoint talk will address how I approached those three big hurdles.
About Cai Emmons
Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son, The Stylist, Weather Woman, and the forthcoming Sinking Islands. His Mother’s Son won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel; Weather Woman was awarded a Nautilus Book Award and was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. Her story collection, Vanishing, winner of the 2018 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, will be published in March 2020. Formerly a playwright and screenwriter, her short work has appeared in such publications as TriQuarterly, Narrative, and Arts and Culture, among others. She is a graduate of Yale University, New York University, and the University of Oregon where she taught in the Creative Writing Program from 2002-2018. She is now a full-time writer.