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Writers on Writing: Lauren Groff and Rebecca Makkai

Award-winning authors Lauren Groff and Rebecca Makkai will reflect on the work and craft of writing.

Lauren Groff and Rebecca Makkai

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned.

New York Times bestselling authors Lauren Groff (The Vaster Wilds, Fates and Furies, Matrix) and Rebecca Makkai (I Have Some Questions for You, The Great Believers) will discuss Groff’s career as a novelist and short story writer, with a focus on the craft of writing.

Writers on Writing is presented in partnership with StoryStudio Chicago. Perfect for readers and writers alike, these talks celebrate one author's work—a glimpse behind the creative curtain, a chance to ask questions, and an opportunity to celebrate the art of the written word.

Recent books by both authors will be available to purchase at the Newberry bookshop, and the authors will sign copies after the talk.

Writers on Writing is generously supported by Shanti Nagarkatti and Sue and Melvin Gray.


Lauren Groff  is a three-time National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Vaster Wilds, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Fates and Furies, and Matrix, and the celebrated short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. Her latest novel, The Vaster Wilds, was released last month.

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower. Her latest novel, I Have Some Questions for You, was released in February 2023 and was an instant New York Times bestseller. She is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

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This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

Registration opens September 1.

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