Maile Chapman

Bio:

Maile Chapman is the author of the novel Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto, which was short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary award in fiction. Her stories have appeared in A Public Space, Dublin Review, Boston Review, and GRANTA Online, among others. She received an MFA in Fiction from Syracuse University, a PhD in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and has been a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She is an Assistant Professor of English at UNLV and editor of Witness Magazine.

Presentation:

WRITING SOMETHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: HOW TO USE NEVADA AS A SETTING IN FICTION

Las Vegas appears all the time as a backdrop in works of popular imagination, sometimes realistically, sometimes not; the rest of the state gets used much less frequently, despite offering vivid landscapes, fascinating landmarks, and evocative settings. This workshop presentation is intended to encourage your skills as a creative writer by tapping into your unique observations of detail in local areas, wherever you may be in Nevada. Together we read and discuss excerpts from works of fiction set in different parts of the Silver State, paying attention to how other writers have used style, language, and imagery to successfully recreate Nevada on the page. We also undertake creative writing exercises intended to boost your creativity through specific prompts about place and environment.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; high-school students.

Duration: 1-3 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • This presentation contains reference to various reading materials. These should be distributed to audience members in advance of the presentation itself so that they can familiarize themselves with their content ahead of the presentation.

Categories: Nevada, literature, creative workshop