So You Want to Write Fiction?


Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:30pm to 8:30pm


Mather House Senior Common Room

Have an urge to write short stories or a novel? Or maybe you just love to read them? You won’t want to miss two great writers discussing their fiction-writing careers. You’ll hear all—from how they got started to how they keep going—in a conversation moderated by Mather’s writer-in-residence Keith Raffel.

Laura van den Berg is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction here at Harvard. Her most recent novel, The Third Hotel, was named a best book of 2018 by over a dozen outlets and was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She’s also published the novel Find Me and two short story collections. Her next story collection, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, will be out in 2020.

Born in Singapore and raised in Wyoming, Nina McConigley is currently the Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute. Her short-story collection, Cowboys and East Indians, won the 2014 PEN Open Book Award and a High Plains Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Orion, Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and The Asian American Literary Review. She is currently researching and writing a novel set in the American West.