How to Write a Novel in ONLY Thirty Years
If Shawn Wong’s presentation on crafting a novel sounds like a self-help book with all the answers, that’s part of his plan. Wong, author of two novels, knows the process is far more complex and personal than any how-to text can convey. How To Write A Novel In ONLY Thirty Years acknowledges that the way we write is tied up with our experiences, which only come with time.
“A writer has to have something to write about,” Wong says. “They have to have lived enough life to draw on. They have to write something that means something to them and write something that shows them what it is they’re trying to learn.”
Wong, a longtime professor of English at the University of Washington, brings an array of life experiences outside his success in fiction. He’s a former drag racer and clothier who helped to break open the field of Asian-American literary studies with the 1974 collection Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers, and continued mining that vein in subsequent academic volumes. His second novel, American Knees(1996), became a 2006 indie film.
Shawn Wong has served as the Professor of English, Director of the University Honors Program (2003–06), Chair of the Department of English (1997–2002), and Director of the Creative Writing Program (1995–97) at the University of Washington, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. Shawn Wong specializes in Creative Writing and Asian American studies. He is on the faculty of the Red Badge Project,which teaches storytelling to veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, or anxiety disorders.
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Thursday, April 11th | 5:30 – 7:00pm
The workshop discussion will follow a free screening of the movie, Americanese, which was based on Wong’s book American Knees.
The workshop will be held in the Greenroom in the Katherine L White Hall.