Novelist and National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow Amy Rowland will lead a dinnertime discussion entitled “Finding Your Novel in Real Life” in Mathey College’s Firestone Room on Tuesday, February 23, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Rowland_author_web_HRRowland, whose debut novel, The Transcriptionist, earned her the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters last year, will explore the relationship between fiction and reality. How, she will ask, do novelists choose what to take from life when constructing a fictional self, a character, or an imaginary world? Is all writing autobiographical, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Donald Murray famously suggested, or is this definition too narrow?

Rowland’s literary interests have also found expression at The New York Times, where she served as an editor at the Book Review before joining Princeton’s Council of the Humanities as a journalism specialist.

Princeton Writes‘ roundtables are designed to bring together undergraduates and seasoned wordsmiths of many kinds for an informal and intimate conversation about the craft of writing. Please contact pwrites@princeton.edu with any questions.