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Online: Eugene and Southern Chapters – Miriam Gershow on A Good Ending

September 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Exquisite Burden Of A Good Ending

ONLINE. Monday, September 14, 2020.

Miriam will explore the work of writing an ending that satisfies both yourself and your readers. An ending is a delicate act of patience, mindfulness and attention to the work and the world of the work. Too heavy a hand, and an ending is obvious. Too light a hand, an ending is ambiguous. An ending is also perhaps the biggest responsibility of your writing, since a piece of writing, no matter the length, purpose or genre, is not whole without a good ending. You can recover from a bobble in the beginning or the middle. For the end, you have to stick the landing for the work to have resonance and meaning, and even more so for it to have lasting resonance and meaning.

About Miriam Gershow:

Miriam Gershow’s debut novel, The Local News (Spiegel & Grau), was hailed as “unusually credible and precise” and “deftly heartbreaking” by The New York Times, as well as “an accomplished debut” (Publisher’s Weekly) with a “disarmingly unsentimental narrative voice,” (Kirkus Reviews). Miriam’s stories appear in The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast and Black Warrior Review, among other journals. She is the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and an Oregon Literary Fellowship, as well as writing residencies at Playa, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Hypatia-in-the-Woods, and Wildacres. Her stories have been listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories of The Best American Short Stories and appeared in the Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and an Oregon Book Award. She received her MFA from the University of Oregon, and has since taught fiction writing at the University of Wisconsin as well as descriptive writing to gifted high school students through Johns Hopkins University. She has taught writing to everyone from first-graders to retirees. Miriam lives with her family in Eugene OR, where she teaches at the University of Oregon. She is at work on her next novel.


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Topic: Eugene/Southern Chapter Meeting
Time: Sep 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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September 14, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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