Write Here, Write Now with Téa Obreht

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2015, 2016 SCWR faculty member Téa Obreht on “Structuring a Novel”  

tigers wife– as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Erin Harris

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On plot mapping: “If you are writing the right book for you psychologically and emotionally, there is no such thing as a bad map. The only way you can trip yourself up is if you establish a map too early and cleave to it too rigidly. Every draft, even the failed ones–perhaps especially the failed ones–is valuable. They might not be a door you go through, but at least you know to close those doors.” – Téa Obreht


tea twoTéa Obreht, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Orange Prize for her debut novel THE TIGER’S WIFE, was born in 1985 in the former Yugoslavia, and spent her childhood in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States in 1997.

Her writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, The New York Times, and The Guardian, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Non-Required Reading. She has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty and included in the National Book Foundation’s list of 5 Under 35.


Erin-Harris-Folio-Photo-3Erin Harris is a literary agent at Folio Literary Management who represents literary and upmarket fiction, narrative non-fiction, and YA.

She represents: 2015 National Book Award Finalist Carla Power, New York Times Editor’s Choice novelist Daniel Levine, Rona Jaffe Award Fiction Winner Natalie Haney Tilghman, historical novelist Jennifer Laam, YA BEA Buzz Panel Author Marie Marquardt, and YA psychological suspense novelist Emiko Jean, among others.

Erin enjoys working with both debut and established authors and is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the New School.



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