When Witches Fly, Which Way Should They Hold the Broom?

August 1, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970

Masterclass with Katherine Howe
When Witches Fly, Which Way Should They Hold the Broom?:
Experiments with Genre Convention in YA and Adult Fiction

As fiction writers, we spend much of our time building worlds that differ from the one in which we live. How do we decide which rules of reality to break? How many is too many? What’s the difference between world-building in literary fiction and genre fiction? This discussion-based class will think through strategies for making (and breaking) the rules of reality in your fiction process. Perfect for novelists and short-story writers across the spectrum, from sci-fi to magical realism and everything in between.

A member of the Salem Athenæum, Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass and most recently, Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over 25 languages. A native Texan, she lives in Marblehead and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.