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Birthing the Book: A Conversation with Siân Griffiths

Thursday
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Sep 8
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6:00 PM CST
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Online via Zoom

Let’s be honest. We writers dream that the books that live inside us will find their way into bookstores, libraries, and homes, will come to life in the hands of avid readers under shady hammocks or in favorite chairs. These books will have splendid covers and rave reviews that honor the love we put into the process. But for many aspiring writers, the journey between finishing a manuscript and launching a book is veiled in mystery. The cogs and wheels of publishing are strangely opaque to the authors themselves. This Porch Happy Hour Series will both illuminate the process, and more importantly celebrate authors who have recently “birthed” their books.

In September we welcome Siân Griffiths, in conversation with Porch instructor Julia Ridley Smith!

Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah, where she serves as a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, American Short Fiction, and Booth among many other publications. She is the author of the novels Borrowed Horses and Scrapple and the short fiction chapbook The Heart Keeps Faulty Time, and her essay collection The Sum of Her Parts is newly out from University of Georgia Press. Currently, she reads fiction as part of the editorial teams at Barrelhouse and American Short Fiction. For more information, please visit sbgriffiths.com.

Julia Ridley Smith is the author of The Sum of Trifles (University of Georgia Press, 2021), a memoir in essays. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature, the New England Review, and The Southern Review, among other publications, and her nonfiction was recognized as notable in The Best American Essays 2019. She's been awarded scholarships, fellowships, and residencies by the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, the Cuttyhunk Island Residency, and the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. After earning her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she worked for nearly twenty years as a freelance copyeditor of academic books. She now teaches creative writing at UNC Chapel Hill. You can find her at www.juliaridleysmith.com, and follow her on Twitter at @JuliaTrifles.

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