2014 Book Festival Author
Raised in the US and the UK, Scott Dominic Carpenter teaches literature and writing at Carleton College (MN) and with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. He is the author of a novel, Theory of Remainders (named to Kirkus Reviews' "Best Books of 2013") and a collection of short stories, This Jealous Earth (called a "Best Book of 2012" by New Podler Review). His short fiction has appeared in a wide array of literary journals and is occasionally included in anthologies.
Online he lives at sdcarpenter.com, but in real life he mostly skulls about Northfield, MN, or, oddly enough, Paris, France. When not at his desk, he may be spotted on some rural road astride his bicycle.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
What keeps a reader engrossed in a story? Drawing especially on his recent novel, Theory of Remainders (named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013”), Scott Dominic Carpenter discusses the importance and techniques of suspense in all forms of narrative—whether a two-page flash fiction or a 300-page saga.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
You have ten seconds to sink your claws into a reader. How do you do it? In this session, drawing on examples from his own work and that of others, Scott Dominic Carpenter discusses the crucial importance of beginnings. Opening paragraphs serve to intrigue, orient, introduce, and explain—while they simultaneously propel the story forward and imply its development. Although the scale is different for stories and novels, the principles are the same.