Writing Commercial Fiction with a Literary Voice: Combining the Best Techniques of Genre and Literary Fiction

Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm
Starr Library Community Room
Call 876-4030 to reserve a seat

What makes a book literary, and what makes it genre, and are the two mutually exclusive? Do labels such as “chick lit”, “women’s fiction” and “paranormal romance” help or hurt an author? How much control does an author have over how her book is marketed? Is “literary” fiction its own kind of genre? Three published authors who straddle the literary and commercial publishing worlds discuss their strategies for writing quality fiction that sells.

Authors Carol Goodman, Alisa Kwitney and Daphne Uviller discuss the pleasures and frustrations of writing good books that also sell well.

Alisa Kwitney is the author of nine published novels as well as numerous graphic novels and non-fiction. She contributed the angel of death story to “A Flight of Angels”, which was selected as one of the top ten graphic novels for teens in 2013 by YALSA, the young adult library services association. She is a former editor for the Vertigo imprint of DC comics and has an MFA from Columbia University’s fiction writing program.

Daphne Uviller is the author of the novels “Hotel No Tell” and “Super in the City”, and is the co-editor of the anthology “Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo”. She is a former Books and Poetry editor at Time Out New York, and her reviews, profiles, and articles have been published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsday, The Forward, New York Magazine, Oxygen, Allure, and Self, for which she wrote an ethics column.

Carol Goodman is the author of eight published novels. Her books have been nominated for the IMPAC award twice, the Simon & Schuster/Mary Higgins Clark award, and the Nero Wolfe Award. Her second novel, “The Seduction of Water” won the Hammett Prize in 2003. 

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