Best practices and tricks for getting sensory detail into your work and ensuring we feel the particular consciousness of your characters with writers Lara Wilson and Dan Fogarty.
Dan Fogarty is a novelist and journalist born and raised in New York City. He’s a former senior editor of digital sports at USA TODAY, a former senior editor at Boston.com, and former advisor to the Concussion Alliance, a non-profit that helps patients navigate brain injuries. Dan’s background in journalism helps inform his work, including his debut novel KILL THE PRINCE, which was heavily researched over nine years. A boxing hobbyist, Dan suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in 2016 during a sparring session. Although the injury required 5+ years of recovery, he was able to get his life (and his brain) back. His recovery influenced KILL THE PRINCE’s storyline.
Lara Wilson is the curator of the Concord Festival of Authors (now in its 30th year) and the founder of Be Well Be Here, a mindful wellness educational collaborative whose mission is to build connected community through experiential well-being practices, including mindful writing workshops. Her short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Confrontation and Indiana Review, among others, as well as anthologized in Printers Row. An essay about her breast cancer journey was featured on WBUR's Cognoscenti. Lara was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Fiction as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. For many years, she served on the board at GrubStreet, where she taught master fiction workshops. A 40-year meditator, Lara devotes her life to exploring the intersection of personal narrative and mindful well-being.