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Panel | What's Missing: How Absence Drives Narrative

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In this, Panel put on by The Writers Grotto a diverse group of fiction and memoir writers discuss the importance of what’s narratively not present—a missing parent, lost object, or unexpressed feeling—as a major theme in literature, and a creative spark in their own work, shaping plot, character, imagery, and dialogue. Panelists will share brief excerpts from their writing, and provide innovative craft techniques to illustrate how a focus on what’s missing can be transformative.

Lyzette Wanzer

Lyzette is an SF writer, editor, and creative writing workshop instructor. Her work reflects the peri-racial, social, and economic experiences of African-Americans. Her essays have appeared in Callaloo, Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Ampersand Review, amongst others. Lyzette has been awarded writing residencies at many institutions including the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA). and is the recipient of multiple grants including an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College


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