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Meera Nair's debut collection, Video (NY: Pantheon 2003) received the Sixth Annual Asian-American Literary Award for Fiction and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and Book magazine. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and MacDowell Colony, her work has appeared on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, as well as in The Threepenny Review, Calyx, The New York Times magazine and in two anthologies. She has also just published a children's book called Maya Saves the Day (India: Duckbill Publishing, 2013).

She was the Fiction Writer in Residence at Fordham University and the Faculty Leader for Fordham's Study Abroad Writing in London program from 2011-2014 and currently teaches writing at NYU.




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As the Visiting Fiction Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University I taught fiction writing to undergraduates and undergrads in courses titled Fiction Bootcamp and Writer's Workshop. These courses were craft-based workshops where my students and I pondered the big questions of how fiction is constructed and what makes it work. We looked under the hood, took the back off the clock, peered into the innards in order to study the formal decisions necessary for effective story-telling. Our inquiry included point of entry; character and plot; creating meaningful scenes; interiority v/s external action; exposition; the management of time; the position of the narrator; linear v/s modular design; dialogue and its uses; conflict and resolution; image systems and so on. In order to learn to "read like a writer," students tackled a collection worth of stories and paid attention to details like how sentences are constructed, dialogue is set up and narrative is designed.

on Sep 17, 2014
by Meera Nair