When the Narrator Won’t Admit It with Sofia Samatar
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How can we make sure our readers pick up on key information when our narrator is cagey or not willing to admit the full truth?

We look at how a master, Sofia Samatar, does it in her short story "Walkdog." It has both a reluctant narrator ("Emilybait") and a weird form ("Benbait"). We also discuss the "line" between "literary fiction" and "science fiction and fantasy."

Other links from this episode:

  • Buy Sofia Samatar's short story collection Tender (2017) so you can read her hilarious and inexplicable short story "How I Met the Ghoul"
  • Listen to a craft interview with Sofia Samatar on Storyological or read one with Uncanny Magazine
  • Ben’s other podcast Three Lokos for music, movies, and pals hanging out

Good Writing is a podcast where two MFA friends read like writers and lay out craft ideas for fellow writers to steal. Co-hosted by Emily Donovan and Benjamin Kerns.

Twitter: @goodwritingpod 

Email: goodwritingpodcast@gmail.com

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