Craft on Draft is a reading series devoted to great fiction—and the mechanics behind it. Three authors read and discuss their work, plus that of one lucky audience member. So grab a drink, a page of your own writing, and come craft your own draft.


Next Craft on Draft

Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Doors 6:30 / Reading 7 p.m.
Kickstand Cafe, 594 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington, MA

Please Note Temporary Venue Change Due to Trident Fire

Getting Emotional: Writing Feelings without the Melodrama

Writing about rage, fear, love, and longing is hard. Too little can leave the reader cold; too much can turn cliché. Join us as authors Jeanne Blasberg (Eden), Rachel Kadish (The Weight of Ink), and Mira T. Lee (Everything Here is Beautiful) discuss the delicate art of conveying emotion.


Jeanne Blasberg

Jeanne Blasberg, author of the novel Eden, is firm believer that you are never too old to change course. She is a voracious observer of human nature and has kept a journal since childhood. After a career in finance, Jeanne enrolled at Grub Street, where she turned her attention to memoir and later fiction. Eden is her debut novel. Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI. When not writing, she can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay.



Rachel Kadish

Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels The Weight of Ink, From A Sealed Room, Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her short fiction has been read on National Public Radio and has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and Tin House. She has been the Koret Writer-in-Residence at Stanford University and a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won the National Jewish Book Award, the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Fiction Award, and the John Gardner Fiction Award. She lives outside Boston and teaches in Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.


Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, including The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and Triquarterly. She was awarded an Artist’s Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012, and has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of Stanford University, and currently lives with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is her debut novel.


Program Note: The Kickstand Cafe is a temporary venue change because of an unfortunate fire that recently occurred at the Trident Cafe.  We thank the Kickstand Cafe for hosting us and plan to be back at the Trident for the October Craft on Draft.


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