We’re proud to welcome Meg Wolitzer to the 2019 Kauai Writers Conference as a key faculty member. Her novel The Wife is a remarkable book and an award-winning film. Glenn Close won the Golden Globe and is nominated for best actress Academy Award for her starring role.
Meg will teach the master class Turning Life Into Art, along with Christina Baker Kline and Paula McLain, and will offer a session WRITE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU. This class will help writers identify the subjects, writing styles and kinds of expression that will lead them to write the strongest fiction possible. In addition, she will lead a separate session on creating memorable characters.
Meg also writes for young adults. The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, and the just-released To Night Owl from Dogfish are highly praised middle grade novels. She will offer a class at KWC on her approach to writing for young readers.
Her current and twelfth novel, The Female Persuasion, has been the subject of passionate discussion. The New York Times wrote: “Meg Wolitzer’s new novel, The Female Persuasion, seems uncannily timely, a prescient marriage of subject and moment that addresses a great question of the day: how feminism passes down, or not, from one generation to the next.”
Also in the Times, Lena Dunham writes: Wolitzer is an infinitely capable creator of human identities that are as real as the type on this page, and her love of her characters shines more brightly than any agenda. People — loving them, knowing them, letting them shatter and rebuild us again — are Wolitzer’s politics.
In addition to The Wife, two other films are based on her work: This Is My Life, scripted and directed by Nora Ephron, and the 2006 made-for-television movie, Surrender, Dorothy.
Meg is also a highly acclaimed teacher. She has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, Skidmore College, and, most recently, was a guest artist at Princeton University.