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The Writer's Studio: Monday Night Lights: Writing Sports Scenes with Jenn Alandy Trahan

October 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, bldg. 250, room 201
jenn alandy trahan

All workshops are free, open to the entire Stanford community, and held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Building 250, Room 201. Snacks are provided!

The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You’ll leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.


Monday Night Lights: Writing Sports Scenes

A Hail Mary pass with six seconds left on the clock. A shot from the half-court line just before the buzzer. Emotional stakes run sky-high in any stadium, and harnessing the inherent tension built into all competitive sports might just be the alley-oop (or power play…or hole-in-one…or triple salchow) we need in our own work. How can we translate fluidity on the field to narrative movement on the page? How can we bring athletes, coaches, and fandom to life? We will read selected snippets by various writers (Bernard Malamud, Richard Ford, Tobias Wolff, Chris Bachelder, and Stu Dearnley), craft our own scenes, and discuss how to turn even the most sports-averse readers into diehard fans.

Jenn Alandy Trahan was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction from 2016-2018 and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program as a Jones Lecturer. Jenn’s heart belongs to the New Orleans Saints, the Golden State Warriors, and the San Francisco Giants. Though she’s proud to be in Cardinal territory, she’s obligated to give a shout-out to LSU (Geaux Tigers).

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