Craft on Draft


Going big can be a challenge. Write too loud and your big moments become melodrama, not loud enough and they can lose their punch. Come hear how authors Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars), Mark Guerin (You Can See More from up Here), and Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne (Holding on to Nothing) found the right volume for their novels’ biggest moments.

Want in on the action? Submit one page from your own big, loud moment (max 250 words). Include a brief explanation of the problem it solved navigating the middle of your novel. One lucky winner will have their entry read and discussed by the authors, receive a GrubStreet pint glass + drink, and have their piece and an interview published on the Dead Darlings blog. Email submissions to by October 24.

Featured Authors

Rachel Barenbaum is the author of A Bend in the Stars.

Mark Guerin is the author of You Can See More from up Here.

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne is the author of Holding on to Nothing.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
A Bend in the Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538746264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 14th, 2019

You Can See More From Up Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936135714
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Golden Antelope Press - October 1st, 2019

Holding on to Nothing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949467086
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Blair - October 22nd, 2019