About Captain Happen: We don't usually think about the problem of urgency in narrative, but we should. What causes readers to keep reading and turning pages? Captain Happen comes to our aid as writers: the Captain is a narrative enabler, that is, a character who will do (or say) what others in the story won't do or say. We also need to think about one-way gates, inciting events, chronic tension, and the narrative clock, which sets limits on how long the events of the story can go. Turn the Page session #1
Charles Baxter is the author of the novels The Feast of Love (nominated for the National Book Award), First Light, Saul and Patsy, Shadow Play, The Soul Thief, and The Sun Collective, and the story collections Believers, Gryphon, Harmony of the World, A Relative Stranger, There’s Something I Want You to Do, and Through the Safety Net. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The O. Henry Prize Story Anthology. He has won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. He lives in Minneapolis.
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