Christina Ward-Niven is a writer living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her fiction has appeared recently in Virginia Quarterly Review, and she won second place in American Short Fiction’s 2016 Story Contest. She holds degrees in English and Journalism from The College of William and Mary and Boston University, and she is currently completing an MFA in Fiction through Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers.
“Why is intense, close connection so challenging to convey in fiction?”: Christina Ward-Niven looks to Miranda July, Rachel Cusk, and Stacey D’Erasmo to unpack narrative intimacy. Be sure to check out the first part of this essay, which appeared on Tuesday.
“Why is intense, close connection so challenging to convey in fiction?”: Christina Ward-Niven looks to Alice Munro and Stacey D’Erasmo to unpack narrative intimacy. Look out for part II of this essay on Thursday.
“Clarity can be reached via winding paths, and the reading experience may be all the richer for the wandering”: Christina Ward-Niven wraps up her essay on defamiliarization with a discussion of Gina Berriault’s surprising language.
“By allowing strangeness into our familiar landscapes, we can surprise the reader into pausing, paying attention, and possibly recognizing some kind of familiar human truth in a new, illuminating way”: Christina Ward-Niven on odd narrative events in Chekhov.
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