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Award-Winning Author to Discuss the Writing Process

Cristina Henríquez will deliver the talk “It Starts With a Sentence” May 26

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May 17, 2010

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Cristina Henríquez -- winner of Northwestern Magazine's first short story contest and dubbed one of "fiction's new luminaries" by the Virginia Quarterly Review -- will discuss the process of writing Wednesday, May 26, at Northwestern University.

The presentation by Henríquez will take place at 5 p.m in University Hall, room 102, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston. It is free and open to the public.

In a talk titled "It Starts With a Sentence," Henríquez will take audience members through her writing process -- from initial ideas to the last line -- to show how a story develops and takes shape. She also will read a brief selection of her work.

Henríquez, the Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, is teaching undergraduate courses this quarter in creative writing and in the geography of storytelling. A Northwestern alumnus, her winning story, "The Invitation," was one of 134 entries submitted to Northwestern Magazine by alumni and students from around the world.

Henríquez is the author of the novel "The World in Half" and "Come Together, Fall Apart," which was a New York Times Editor's Choice selection. She is the recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father. She has published work in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Oxford American.

The Blattner Visiting Professorship and Lecture are made possible by Simon J. Blattner, former chairman of Rittenhouse Paper Company and owner of Eastside Editions, a fine art print studio and publisher.

For more information, call the department of English at (847) 491-7294.