Starting the Novel and the Inciting Event: In-Conversation with Charles Baxter

Virtual Online

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


We will be discussing my most recent novel and matters related to the writing of fiction, possibly including request moments, catalytic characters, one-way gates, rhyming action, and story-clocks.


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Participants should plan on reading the first page of The Sun Collective, which can be found here.


Charles Baxter is the author of six novels, most recently The Sun Collective, and six books of stories. He has also written two books of essays on literature, Burning Down the House and The Art of Subtext. He lives in Minneapolis and is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. Purchase Charles Baxter’s work here.


Rattawut Lapcharoensap: BA, Cornell University. MFA, University of Michigan. Fiction writer. Author of Sightseeing, a collection of short stories, which received the Asian American Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His work has appeared in Granta, One Story, The Guardian, Zoetrope, Best New American Voices, and Best American Non-Required Reading, among others. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a DAAD Artist-in-Berlin fellowship, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honor, and an Abraham Woursell Prize through the University of Vienna; he was named byGranta magazine to its list of “Best of Young American Novelists.” SLC, 2018–. Purchase Rattawut Lapcharoensap’s work here.