Best-Selling Author of Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
A reader since age four, she often abused her library privileges by keeping favorite books out just a little too long. When domestic troubles led to unpleasant upheaval during her adolescence, the Rock Island Public Library became her refuge. With no grounding in literature per se, she made no distinction between the classics and modern fiction. Little Women was as valued as The Dead Zone. A story’s ability to transport her, affect her, was the only relevant matter. Read More >
Who was Zelda Fitzgerald, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How could she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott's, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it in the New York Times best-selling novel Z. Learn about the intense research that was necessary to write such a personal story, anecdotes and tales that did not make the book, and much more in this moving presentation.
Therese Anne Fowler was introduced to the writing world as an adult after a divorce, single parenthood, college, and remarriage. A chance opportunity during the final semester of her undergrad program led to her writing her first short story, and she was hooked. After an intensive five-year stint that included one iffy-but-completed novel followed by graduate school, some short-fiction awards, an MFA in creative writing, teaching undergraduates creative writing, and a second completed novel that led to literary representation, Fowler was on the path to a writing career. It would take three more novels (all of which are published) and a great deal of new reading, though, before she began to grasp literature properly—experience proving to be the best teacher. In this candid, heartfelt presentation, Fowler tells the story of her own journey while providing insight and advice to those looking to start their own.
Libraries have always played an important role in Therese Anne Fowler’s life. As a young girl, she sought refuge from troubles at home at the Rock Island Public Library. With no grounding in literature per se, she made no distinction between the classics and modern fiction. Little Women was as valued as The Dead Zone. A story’s ability to transport her, affect her, was the only relevant matter. As a young military wife, books came to her rescue as the base library became her home away from home. Writers such as Jean Auel, Sidney Sheldon, and Margaret Atwood brought respite from boredom and heat. An avid supporter of libraries, Fowler makes the case for their crucial role in our communities.
In this workshop-like presentation, Therese Anne Fowler shares an intimate look into her own creative writing process.