Rebecca Makkai

Award-winning writer and novelist
Rebecca Makkai
Rebecca Makkai is a writer and novelist from Chicago. Her latest novel, “The Great Believers,” was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the LA Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

Wednesdays, Sep 8 - Sep 29, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.

Join Rebecca Makkai to learn to read like a writer. In this discussion- and lecture-based class, we'll use short assigned texts to become stronger and more engaging writers.

PAST EVENTS

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose

Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

This Will Be Character-Building

This Will Be Character-Building

Mondays, Apr 5 - Apr 26, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Join novelist Rebecca Makkai for an intimate workshop designed to help you write an original short story or the first chapter of a novel or memoir -- or to continue work on one in progress. In each session, Rebecca will teach a different aspect of writing craft: backstory, motivation, dialogue, and character evolution.

Join novelist Rebecca Makkai for an intimate workshop designed to help you write an original short story or the first chapter of a novel or memoir -- or to continue work on one in progress. In each session, Rebecca will teach a different aspect of writing craft: backstory, motivation, dialogue, and character evolution.

Bio

Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel, “The Great Believers,” was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the LA Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels “The Borrower” and “The Hundred-Year House,” and the collection “Music for Wartime” -- four stories from which appeared in “The Best American Short Stories.” Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at RebeccaMakkai.com or @rebeccamakkai on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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