Liars, Criminals, and Lovers: The World of the Story

January 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fiction writer Lisa C. Taylor discovers characters everywhere—getting off a bus, in an airplane bathroom, holding hands in a convalescent home. Taylor will share excerpts from her short story collection, Impossibly Small Spaces and share pointers about the joy of immersing oneself in the fictional world. In a respectful setting, you will leave with a better understanding of the way authors breathe life into both sympathetic and badly behaved characters.


It’s the character first that taps a reader on the shoulder. Writers shape the characters by adding habits, gestures, and obstacles. Lisa C. Taylor teaches students of all ages, helping them to take that first good idea to a completed work. In an atmosphere of respect and humor, you’ll learn how writers put a character through necessary paces so that he or she reveals both flaws and humanity. The world of the story is the world of the imagination. Some characters will find themselves paralyzed by the obstacles an author creates for them and others will see an opening that isn’t initially obvious. It is in that opening that stories—and the writers behind them—can flourish. You will have an opportunity for questions and for sharing.


Lisa C. Taylor’s second collection of short fiction, Impossibly Small Spaces was released in November 2018 (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press). She’s the author of another collection of short fiction, Growing a New Tail and four collections of poetry, most recently Necessary Silence (Arlen House/2013). Another collection of poetry, The Other Side of Longing (Arlen House, 2011) was written in collaboration with Irish writer, Geraldine Mills.  Some of Lisa’s honors include the 2015 Hugo House New Works Award for short fiction, an L.L.Winship PEN New England nomination, Pushcart nominations in both fiction and poetry, a Best Indie Lit of New England nomination, and, along with Geraldine Mills, the Elizabeth Shanley Gerson Lecture of Irish Literature Honor at University of Connecticut in 2011. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including Tahoma Literary Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, Crack the Spine, Worcester Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Connecticut River Review, and many others. Her books have been taught in college classes and recommended on the Faith Middleton book show on NPR.  Lisa was a 2015 AWP writing mentor and an AWP Spotlight in January of 2015. Lisa teaches writing classes at Eastern Connecticut State University and offers private mentoring and workshops in the US and Ireland.

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