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After Thoughts A speaker series featuring women at UW-Green Bay

Fiction’s Burning Questions: Novelists, History and the Creative Spark

In her talk, titled "Fiction’s Burning Questions: Novelists, History and the Creative Spark," Rebecca will explore how novelists navigate a process she tells us can be "slow, directionless and full of wrong turns!" Rebecca will explain how writers create absorbing fiction from historical facts by imagining the thoughts and passions of characters often left out of the history books. Rebecca will discuss the novel she is currently writing set amid the 1871 Peshtigo Fire, along with other historical novels by E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime), Toni Morrison (Beloved), Andrea Barrett (The Air We Breathe), Edwidge Danticat (The Farming of Bones), and Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus). She will even guide us in a short creative writing exercise!

'Lets Do' book cover

Rebecca is a 2011 Founders Award recipient and author of a collection of nine stories titled, Let’s Do, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Copies of her award-winning book will be available for purchase at a special After Thoughts price of $10.

Follow-up Coverage

See the original press release announcing this event.

See A spark for writing, teaching: Meacham fires up ‘After Thoughts’ audience for follow-up coverage and photos of the event.


Date: Monday, October 1, 2012
Time: 5 p.m. hors d’oeuvres reception
6 p.m. program
Location: Weidner Center Grand Foyer
Cost: $13

For any questions or comments regarding After Thoughts, please contact Mary Rass at or (920) 465-2553.

Featured Speaker

Photo: Rebecca Meacham
Rebecca Meacham, UW-Green Bay Professor of Creative Writing, English and Women’s and Gender Studies

See Prof. Meacham's faculty profile