Mermer Blakeslee guest at WIM event

Margaretville — Writers in the Mountains (WIM) will present, “Writing into the Dark, The Tension between Imagination and Craft”, with Mermer Blakeslee, on Sunday, July 28 at 1 p.m., an event hosted by the Open Eye Theater at 960 Main Street.

Blakeslee will talk about ways to cultivate the imagination, and the importance of incubating the voice, and immersing ourselves in the process, becoming comfortable with the unknown. It’s essential (and miraculous) to get something on the page. Then, how do we move from that immersion to the vantage point where we need to edit? Blakeslee will discuss various threads to create that distance: reading the material through the perspective of voice, point of view, characterization, the arc of the story. She will also talk about how to sit with a piece to know what’s there, and questions we can ask of it. Where is the camera? Where are we moving forward? How much is written in scene?

This will be a flexible presentation, open to discussion and able to adapt to the audience. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but free will donations are appreciated. Everyone is welcome.

Mermer Blakeslee is the author of three novels; Same Blood (1989), In Dark Water (1998), and When You Live by a River (2012). Her second novel, In Dark Water was selected by Barnes and Noble for its Discover Great New Writers series. Leenie, an excerpt from her latest novel When You Live by a River, won the 2006 Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine. 
Mermer’s roots are in poetry, and two of her poems were finalists in Narrative Magazine’s annual poetry contests. Mermer was also awarded three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in fiction. For more information, visit