Components of Literary vs. Commercial Fiction with Pam Webber **Zoom****

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    About the Presenter: Dr. Pam Webber is an experienced nursing educator and family nurse practitioner. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles in the areas of nursing education, theory, research, and reasoning, and co-authored the nursing textbook, Introduction to Theory and Reasoning in Nursing, which is in its 4th edition. In 2015, Pam penned the bestselling debut Southern novel, The Wiregrass, which was named Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and Read of the Month by the Southern Literary Review. The Wiregrass won a bronze medal in the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Awards, was a featured book at the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book, and was one of four national finalist for the 2016 RONE award. In 2019, her second book, Moon Water: A Novel, was named Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society, Read of the Month by the Southern Literary Review, and selected by Ingram Global Publishing for their BookBuzz list and to be featured at the American Library Association Conference in Washing, D.C. this past summer. Pam and her husband, Jeff, live in Winchester.

       About this Program: Publishers Weekly estimates that almost two million people are writing novels a year. Some of these authors have degrees in writing and editing, and know the components of literary and commercial fiction; however, many do not. Consequently, their writing may not meet the standards required by most professional editors, agents, and publishers. Not only do they know the difference, they are able to discern an author’s skill level by reading as little as one page of a manuscript. 

What are the components of literary vs. commercial fiction and why do they matter? How are they made evident in writing? Pam Webber, author of the bestselling novel, The Wiregrass, and the recently released novel, Moon Water, will explore these and other writing-related questions on  Thursday, September 10th at Handley Library from 6:30 -8:00. Using Zoom, Pam will be able to take questions from participants.

Pam will conduct a follow-up session on Publishing and Marketing Fiction in the 21st Century on Thursday, September 17th at Handley Library from 6:30 – 8:00.