YOUNG-ADULT NOVELIST E. LOCKHART KICKS OFF NEW SEASON OF WORD WORKS SERIESSeries features notable writers talking about a topic of personal mastery meant to draw back the curtain on the process of writingSEATTLE—Young-adult novelist E. Lockhart begins a new year of craft talks for Hugo House's Word Works: Writers on Writing series onin The Frye Art Museum.Lockhart is known for penning young-adult novels that are feminist and socially conscious, including the New York Times-bestselling We Were Liars, and her novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks, which won a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and was a National Book Award finalist.In her Word Works talk, In Praise of Style: Artifice, Punctuation, and Other Rogue Techniques of World-Building, Lockhart will dissect how certain writers, even in popular fiction, use playful and stylized language and formats to build compelling fictional worlds. Revered writers of children's, adult, and YA literature—including Neil Gaiman, Markus Zusak (The Book Thief), Walter Dean Meyers, and Lauren Myracle—will serve as a jumping-off point for the lecture, focusing on how these writers use experimental techniques without becoming gimmicky or inaccessible to readers. A Q&A with Lockhart will follow.In conjunction with the event, Lockhart will teach a class at Hugo House on. The half-day intensive workshop, Finding Your Voice, will have students look at heritage, family, fandoms, regionalisms, inside jokes, and slang vocabularies as tools for getting their own unique mind onto the page.Lockhart (née Emily Jenkins) grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington, and is an alumna of Lakeside School in North Seattle. She studied illustrated books at Vassar College and earned a doctorate in English literature at Columbia University. She is the author of nine novels, including Dramarama, Fly on the Wall, and the popular Ruby Oliver series, which begins with the novel The Boyfriend List.More information on the event can be found on the event page, and information on the class can be found on Hugo House's website.About Hugo HouseHugo House is a place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better. Offering readings, classes, teen programs, consultations with professional writers, and more, Hugo House opens the literary world to everyone who loves books or has a drive to write.
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