You’ve hooked them from the start. You know where you’re going. But how on earth are you going to get there? Sometimes the middle is a bit squishy. This panel with talented writers across multiple genres will discuss outlining and writing by the seat of your pants, techniques for moving forward, and how to know when something is working and when it’s not.

Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)

Location: Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23220

Price: $12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

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May Writing Show:  The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Audience Captivated

Jane Alison was born in 1961 in Canberra, Australia, and until she was eleven grew up in the Australian and U.S. foreign services. She went to public schools in Washington, D.C., and studied classics at Princeton and Brown universities and creative writing at Columbia. Before writing fiction, she worked for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Washington City Paper, the Miami New Times, and Tulane University; she has also been a freelance editor and illustrator.

Her first novel, The Love-Artist, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by The Marriage of the Sea, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003; Natives and Exotics; and a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes. She has collaborated with composer Thomas Sleeper on a mini-opera and a song cycle based on her books, and her short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostBoston GlobeTriQuarterlySeedFive PointsThe Germanic Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlottesville and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

May Writing Show:  The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Audience Captivated

So far, Kahil Dotay has been involved in over 150 films working almost all departments and on both sides of the camera—from super low budget films to mega-million dollar blockbusters. Kahil has written 22 screenplays, 9 which have been produced into films, one unproduced stage play, two unpublished books, countless commercials, and has won some awards in the process. Throughout the years, he has assembled a team of hard-working, award-winning, and people-friendly filmmakers for his production company INTEGfilms. Kahil is an active board member of the Virginia Production Alliance, the business organization for the Virginia film industry. From 2009-2011 he served as their Vice-President and from 2011-2013 President. Last year, he was the locations manager for the Netflix film, Burning Sands which premiered at Sundance. He is currently in post-production on a feature film he wrote, Vampires in Virginia. He currently lives in Midlothian, VA

May Writing Show:  The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Audience Captivated

Mary Ann Marlowe lives in central Virginia where she works as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. Mary Ann is the author of Some Kind of Magic and A Crazy Kind of Love, from Kensington Publishing.


May Writing Show:  The Squishy Middle: Keeping Your Audience Captivated

Erica Orloff is the author of twenty-five books for adults and young adults and, as Erica Kirov, the award-winning Magickeepers series for middle-grade readers. She is one of the founders of Editing for Authors and its sister company Dragon Tree Books. She has worked as a ghostwriter and book doctor for over two decades. An in-demand speaker, she gives workshops on writing, editing, and finding your voice, and is a Pushcart-nominated essayist. A native New Yorker, she roots for the Yankees and her beloved minor league team. She lives in Virginia with her family, where she chases dust bunnies, plays her Ibanez guitar (very badly), and tries not to drop any of the myriad plates ever-spinning in her multitasking life. Follow her on Twitter (@ericaorloff).