Frye Art Museum First Hill
Fri., Sept. 8, 7-9 p.m. 2017
In 2015, Paul Constant wrote: "The first sentence of the first story in Kelly Link's new collection, Get in Trouble, reads, 'Fran's daddy woke her up wielding a mister.' If you stop there, your mind goes to some strange places: a father waking up his child by menacingly waving another man around? Is he a giant? If you've read Kelly Link's stories before, you know that certainly wouldn't be uncharacteristic; her stories almost always involve at least one fantastic element. But no. The second sentence describes him 'spritzing her like a wilted houseplant,' and suddenly the giant becomes a guy armed with a plastic spray bottle, an act of miraculous transmogrification in reverse. It's just a tiny little trick with words, but it demonstrates the muscular sentence-to-sentence propulsion of a Link story." Hear Link show off her creativity and wordplay live at this Word Works talk (titled "A Vampire is a Flexible Metaphor") that will focus on the details of writing fantasy.