Michel Stone at Spartanburg County Library HQ: The Importance of Empathy in Writing
On Monday, September 24, at 6pm at Spartanburg County Library HQ, author Michel Stone will be giving a talk entitled "Writing What You Don't Know: The Importance of Empathy in Writing" in the context of her novel Border Child.
At writing workshops. writers are often told to "write what you know." Let's talk about fiction writing that requires the writer to do some research and learn a bit. Michel Stone will talk about writing what you think you don't know as well as the importance and power of empathy in writing. She will also discuss her novel Border Child and how she came to write it. This is a celebration of the paperback release of Border Child. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event through Hub City Bookshop.
Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. In 2018 she was awarded the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. Border Child has been favorably reviewed by The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, Charleston Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, and Kirkus among many others.
Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Stone is the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on The Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board, The Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, and as a Trustee of Spartanburg Day School. Stone is a Spartanburg Regional Fellow and serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College. She is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Her first name is pronounced like Michelle (people always ask!)