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Ursula K. Le Guin once said that “anarchism is a necessary ideal.” She popularized anarchism in her work, and vaulted the concept of anarchism from the cultural ghetto into the mainstream of intellectual discourse. In this gathering, we’ll talk about what it means to dissemble social norms, structures, and expectations in fiction. We’ll explore the writer’s power and responsibility to dismantle the status quo in fiction. Then we’ll write in the space we’ve created between chaos and order. Participants leave with a better understanding about the social obligation of fiction, how to bank and spend emotional currency with the reader, and how to make a contract with the reader on the first few pages of a novel. People come to Ford’s workshops as writers and leave as storytellers.
sponsored by Green Parrot Bar
Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Hoiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.
His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two-and-a-half years on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Recently, that same novel has been optioned for a Broadway musical, and also for film, with George Takei serving as Executive Producer.
His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. Jamie’s third novel, Love and Other Consolations Prizes, was named one of the Best Historical Fiction Novels of 2017 by Library Journal.
His work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it).