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LSC-Kingwood library hosts writing event

Peter Turchi

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s library invites writers, students and employees to a presentation in writing and how to capture the complexities of a person in the written form.

Peter Turchi, an author of six books and co-editor of three anthologies, will present on “Imagining Character from the Inside Out” on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 12:20 p.m. in Classroom Building A (CLA) room 114. Following the presentation, the audience will participate in a quick exercise that will be useful to fiction writers, students and others.

“In this presentation, we will talk about the value of considering people in all their complexity- not just in fiction, but in life- and how to capture that on the page,” Turchi said. “Fiction writers are in the business of imagining other people's lives--not just superficially, but deeply and with empathy.”

Turchi helps craft writers on a daily basis as a nonfiction and fiction professor at the University of Houston. According to Anthony McMillan, LSC-Kingwood’s library director, his presentation is not only a good opportunity for students and writers, it also supports faculty’s curriculum.

“We hope that our students will gain insight into good writing techniques that will not only improve their writing for course work, but will improve their writing overall,” McMillan said.

Turchi’s books include “A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic” and “Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer”. His work has appeared online in publications such as “Tin House”, “The Huffington Post”, “Fiction Writers Review”, “Ploughshares”, “Story”, “The Alaska Quarterly Review”, “Puerto del Sol”, and “The Colorado Review”. He has received North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring an instructor from a locally prestigious writing program. His presentation is too good of an opportunity to pass up and we hope students will learn valuable writing techniques that will help them in the classroom and in their future careers,” McMillan said.

Born in Baltimore, Turchi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Arizona. For 15 years, he directed the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He also served as director of creative writing and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

For more information on Turchi’s presentation at LSC-Kingwood, call 281-312-1691.

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