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“Finding the Right Narrator for Your Fiction”

Presented by May-lee Chai

May-lee Chai

The NCWN’s next online class will be “Finding the Right Narrator for Your Fiction” with American Book Award-winning writer May-lee Chai at 6 pm on Thursday, February 29.

Figuring out the right narrator is one of the key elements for a successful short story or novel. Chai will guide workshop participants in analyzing different narrators from published short stories and novels by established authors to see what makes a narrator effective, how to grab the reader’s attention, and how to convey emotional stakes. She will also offer tips and strategies for finding the best narrator for your own fiction.

Chai is the author of 11 books of fiction, nonfiction, and translation, including her latest short story collection, Tomorrow in Shanghai, which was a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and longlisted for The Story Prize. Her previous collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants, won an American Book Award. Her writing has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, been named a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, and received an honorable mention for the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Book Awards. Her short prose has appeared widely, including in Seventeen, New York Times Book Review, New England Review, Missouri Review, Paris Review Online, Kenyon Review Online, Los Angeles Times, Best Small Fictions anthology, and has been cited as Notable in two editions of the Best American Essays anthology.

Registration for “Finding the Right Narrator for Your Fiction” is $45 for NCWN members, $65 for nonmembers, and will be open until Wednesday, February 28.

Registration is closed.