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Writers Night Workshop Series: Writing with Social Consciousness w/ Charlie Quimby

In his essay on Charles Dickens, George Orwell said, “every writer, especially every novelist, has a ‘message,’ whether he admits it or not, and the minutest details of his work are influenced by it.” What are the techniques, challenges and rewards of writing with a social consciousness? How does caring translate into art that makes readers care? Join novelist and blogger Charlie Quimby for a discussion about how literature can be, in the words of author John Gardner, “a force bringing people together, breaking down the barriers of prejudice and ignorance, and holding up ideals worth pursuing.”


Charlie Quimby’s novels Monument Road and Inhabited have been praised for their heart, complex characters and socially conscious themes. Author Jim Lynch saluted Quimby for “following the path of Steinbeck and Orwell in writing empathetic portraits of the ignored and the shunned.” Charlie divides his time between Minneapolis and the Grand Valley. He is currently at work on a new novel exploring wealth, art and environmental exploitation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Show more dates
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Central Library Mesa Room
Central Library
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