Writers' Cafe: Purloining the Letter: Using Letters to Shape Stories

April 6, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

In their anthology Women's Letters, Lisa Grunwald and Stephen Adler write that “letters tell stories; they tell secrets; they shout and scold, bitch and soothe, whisper and worry…” Many writers including E.L. Doctorow, Alice Munro, and J.D. Salinger have written stories that incorporate written correspondence to one degree or another. In this session, writer and professor of creative writing Rachel Hall will consider how letters—real and fictitious—can provide tension and conflict, setting and situation, character and voice, and explore how they can be used to shape short stories.

For more information about the Writers' Cafe, or to read Rachel Hall's bio, please visit here.

Location and Address

The Writing Center, 317B O'Hara Student Center