Paula Mikrut will lead a discussion about The Fourth State of Matter by Joann Beard.
Though The Fourth State of Matter is an essay, fiction writers will find a lot to like and learn from it. In fact, it was originally published in the fiction section of The New Yorker because of its artistry. We can learn a lot about effective writing by studying this essay, and there are a lot of angles from which we could approach this discussion. I would like to look at it through the lens of the great craft presentations we’ve experienced as OCWW members. I will post a few questions of my own, but I’ll also challenge you to find examples in The Fourth State of Matter of something you’ve learned during an OCWW presentation.
No one is asked to speak up who is not comfortable doing so. You're welcome to just listen, but the hope is you'll add your voice to our discussion and we'll have the opportunity to learn from you.
Accompanying your registration confirmation will be a pdf copy of the story and some ideas to consider as you prepare for this discussion.
Paula Mikrut is an OCWW board member and our Zoom Goddess.