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Kate Feiffer — Morning Pages with Mara Liasson — At Union Market

Location 1324 4th St NE Washington, DC 20002
Date Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Elise Hellman was once heralded by audiences and critics as a "playwright to watch." However, her career took an unexpected turn, and she faded from the spotlight. But now, a prestigious theater company has offered her a generous commission to write a new play, giving her a chance to revive her career. With only 65 days until the deadline, Elise turns to a technique called "Morning Pages," popularized in Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way," to overcome her writer's block. As Elise scribbles her stream-of-consciousness thoughts each morning, a witty confessional emerges, chronicling her life with her teenage stoner son, her eccentric and memory-losing mother, her lingering feelings for her ex-husband, and the confusing encounters she has with a handsome stranger. Interwoven with Elise's personal narrative are the marked-up scenes from her play, "Deja New," creating a story within a story. "Morning Pages" is a humorous exploration of the creative process and a relatable coming-of-age tale for the generation sandwiched between caring for their parents and their children. The event will feature a conversation between the author, Kate Feiffer, and renowned NPR correspondent Mara Liasson, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to gain insights into the writing process and the themes explored in the book. Kate Feiffer, a former television news producer, is an acclaimed children's book author, and "Morning Pages" is her first novel for adults. Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR, known for her extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C. This event is free with first-come, first-served seating, and it promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience for anyone interested in the creative process, family dynamics, and the challenges of navigating the complexities of life. Don't miss this chance to hear from these talented and insightful speakers at Union Market in Washington, D.C.

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