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The description of the MFA lecture that I'll give at VCFA

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Oct. 26th, 2010 | 01:20 pm

I've been focused on revising my YA novel, doing deep revisions.  My current YA novel is will be my focus during this next month as I finish it up for my thesis. The revision process is enjoyable and I'm learning a lot from Martine about writing and revising a novel, but I'm excited to finish it, as I have written about 1/3 of my next novel, a fun MG. I want to finish drafting that so it can sit and rest before I revise it. Also, I want to take one more revision pass on my pre-VCFA YA fantasy novel, Crossings, applying all I've learned during my MFA program and get it ready for submission.

In addition to my critical thesis (like a normal Master's thesis) and my creative thesis (several finished PBs and a novel), I need to give a lecture at VCFA to graduate. Lots of pressure here--award winning writers, the faculty attend; I get "graded" on my lecture-- a one page write up about how I did that goes into my permanent transcript; the quality of the lectures is very, very high and both graduating students and faculty put tons of time into their lectures. This is almost equivalent to the critical thesis in time required.

Here is the description which I'm sending in next week so they can include it on the residency lecture list and schedule.

“WHO AM I?”

 CHARACTER ROLES AND IDENTITY

 Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!” exclaims Alice in Wonderland. How does the writer answer the vital question of “Who am I?” when developing characters? I’ll explore how writers can use both internal and external aspects of identity on the page and in the story. I’ll also discuss roles, not stereotypical or archetypical roles, but the everyday, down to earth, nitty-gritty multiplicity of roles and look at how we use roles to influence action and plot when we craft story.
 

Titles discussed will include Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard, Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia, The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, and of course, Alice in Wonderland.

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tracy_d74

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from: tracy_d74
date: Oct. 26th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a good talk. AND you have a lot of writing projects in the hopper. Wow!

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Oct. 26th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. The lecture is 45 minutes long, and is one that I could give at writing conferences later.
I do have a lot of writing projects in various stages. That is a good situation to be in.

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Lisa M. Bradley

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from: cafenowhere
date: Oct. 26th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could be in your audience. You've chosen a really rich topic, and given all your prep, I'm sure you'll do great!

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sarah_create

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from: sarah_create
date: Oct. 26th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
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It would be cool if you could hear it. The topic is a good one: original and useful.
I still need to put together my visuals, perhaps a powerpoint. I'll do that after my novel is revised. I'll be giving my lecture in January, so there is time. The lecture is written and I've revised it, big revisions, a couple times. I might tweak a few words though as I practice reading it aloud.

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patty1943

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from: patty1943
date: Oct. 26th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
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It sounds great. Maybe you can record it!

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