So You Want to Write Fiction...


Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm


Mather House

Wondering what to do about that urge to write? Want to hear three great writers discuss the writing life? Mather’s writer-in-residence Keith Raffel will moderate a discussion among three great authors on all aspects of their fiction-writing careers from how they got started to how they keep going.

  • ZZ Packer has had short stories published in many magazines including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories. Her debut collection of stories Drinking Coffee Elsewhere was selected by John Updike for the Today Show Book Club. This year as a fellow at Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African Research, she is at work on a novel about Reconstruction and the Buffalo Soldiers.
  • Joe Finder, a former expos teacher here at Harvard, is the author of 15 novels. The Boston Globe called him “a master of the modern thriller.” His latest, The Judgment, just came out to acclaim last month. Stars in the two movies based on his books have included Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, and Amber Heard.
  • Harvard alum Allegra Goodman is distinguished for writing both short stories and novels. Her latest book, The Chalk Artist, is set right here in Cambridge. Her novel Kaaterskill Falls was a National Book Award finalist, and, like ZZ, her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories, among other venues.