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Channelling Feeling into Fiction with Diana Evans

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* This is a LIVE, virtual interview with writer Diana Evans. In association with the Women’s Prize LIVE and Allbright *

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For many of us, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, injustice and new paradigms. Across borders and communities, we have shared, both personally and universally, intense emotions over the past few months.

How do we, as writers, translate what we feel? How do we take our raw and very real human experiences and weave them into our stories? How do we create stories that highlight the universal experiences of love, joy, pain, loss, and anger? How can we keep the discipline of writing during good times and the more challenging times?

Join us as we talk to Diana Evans, award-winning author (2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlistee and judge of the Women’s Prize X Grazia First Chapter competition 2020) about her journey to and through writing.

In an intimate conversation with Diana, we will explore:

  • Her starting point into writing through poetry and journalism
  • The discipline and art of starting and finishing your book
  • How to use your deep emotional responses as a tool for creating a story
  • How and why you should separate 'real-life story' from your book
  • How writers can question and probe the world and systems around them
  • Writing about race and identity
  • How to write about people in your life authentically but with respect
  • Finding influence in other art forms
  • How to approach writers’ block
  • What it takes to tell a compelling story
  • The importance of representation in literature

And much, much more.

About Our Guest: Diana Evans

Diana Evans is the award-winning, bestselling author of Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26a. Her prize nominations include the Guardian and Commonwealth Best First Book awards, and she was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers. A book of the year in the New Yorker, Ordinary People received the South Bank Sky Arts Award, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

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100% of the ticket price goes towards a copy of Diana Evans’ book Ordinary People and the Women's Prize Trust, the charity behind the Women's Prize for Fiction supporting women to raise their voice and own their story.

For Key Workers and anyone who can’t afford to support us at present please message us and we shall gift you the ticket.

London Writers' Salon Hosts:

Parul Bavishi has been an editor for over a decade. In addition to hosting LWS she helps thriller, YA and non-fiction writers level up their craft and get published. She writes and edits for the Story Grid and Publishing Uncovered. She has worked as an editor and literary scout at Random House, Quercus & Eccles Fisher. She analyses TV hit shows (Killing Eve, You, The Witcher) on the Story Grid Showrunners Podcast.

Matt Trinetti is a writer, publisher, TEDx speaker, and facilitator. In addition to hosting LWS, Matt designs programs to help unfulfilled professionals pursue creative work, start businesses, and reinvent their careers. Matt's work has appeared in Quartz, Observer, Creative Mornings, and on his blog GiveLiveExplore.

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