Hazel Miller, Conversations in the Humanities
Black Box Theater, EdCC
Admission is free all are encouraged and welcome to attend
Organized by: Humanities Washington, ACCE at Edmonds Community College, and Edmonds Public Library

While the title of the presentation is a joke, there’s a lot of truth in it. Award-winning author Shawn
Wong’s first novel, Homebase, was published when he was 30. His second novel, American Knees, was
published when he was 45, reducing the time by half. This raises several questions: What goes into a
novel? What is the creative process like? And why does it take so long? People often talk about “the
creative process,” but this conversation, led by Wong, will unpack that phrase and explore how a work
of fiction is made. We will talk about how writing might move from something autobiographical to
something fictional, how we construct fiction out of something real and how we “edit” the story of our
lives through what we leave out and what we include.

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