Standing Still—Victor LaValle on the Craft of Speculative Fiction

Slonim Living Room / Stone Room

Open to the public

/ Wednesday


Writers are, generally, cerebral and somewhat introverted people. We spend so much of our lives inside our own heads it can be easy to forget we have bodies that move through the world, take up space, do things. But where do those bodies go when we write fiction? Our characters certainly talk about a lot of things and think about even more things, but beyond that what they hell do they ever actually do in our stories and novels? This craft class is about paying attention to the "present action" in a story. How to make greater use of "present action" when telling a story. This isn't about turning your work into an action movie. This is simply about making you more aware of what you aren't setting down on the page.

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book. His latest novel, The Changeling, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2017 by Time Magazine, USA Today, among others. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Key to Southeast Queens.