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Writing About Your Hometown with Kasie Whitener
We're celebrating Indie Author Day all week!
As impactful as setting can be on a short story, novel, memoir, or autobiography, the setting we know best is our hometown. It’s where we learned to ride a bike, where we made our first friends, the place we couldn’t wait to escape and the place we love to go back to. There’s a reason high schools and colleges call reunion weekends “homecoming” because where we grew up has a special place in our memory and hearts.
Working from the author’s perspective of her own novelization of Herndon, Virginia, Dr. Kasie Whitener explores the details authors include and the ones we leave out when writing about our hometown.
Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83085350342
About the Presenter
Dr. Kasie Whitener’s first novel, After December (2019), was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Awards and has been called “a breakthrough debut” and “outstanding fiction.” Her second novel, Before Pittsburgh (2021), won Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. She was honored by South Carolina Humanities in 2021 with the Governor’s Award Fresh Voices in the Humanities for her work as host of the weekly radio show Write On SC and as board member to the South Carolina Writers Association. Dr. Whitener is a business owner and instructor at the University of South Carolina. She is a 1995 graduate of Herndon High School and has presented for Bowling Green State University's Winter Wheat Literary Festival, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Fairfax County Public Library.
What is Indie Author Day?
Indie Author Day is an annual event that brings libraries and readers together to celebrate the achievements of our local and indie writers.
This program is appropriate for ages 18 and above. An invitation to join this virtual talk will be sent to participants one day prior to the event. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register by clicking on the "Begin Registration" button (below).