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Stephanie Nikolopoulos

Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road"

     (w/ Paul Maher Jr.)

- Non Fiction

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Workshop for :

Stephanie Nikolopoulos


Selecting and giving voice to your narrator is as important as plotting what happens to your characters.


Through a series of in-class writing exercises we’ll experiment with how different narrators impact viewpoint and tone.


You’ll be given a handy list of narrator archetypes as we explore boundary-pushing inanimate object narrators, nameless narrators, multiple narrators, choruses, and more as we consider voice qualities such as unreliability, omniscience, and epistolary.


Along the way, we’ll also ask tough artistic and representation questions about whose stories authors get to tell and with what narrative voice.


This writing workshop is open to all genres, and literary references will be provided.  

Stephanie Nikolopoulos

Stephanie Nikolopoulos is a writer and editor, based in New York City. She is the author, along with Paul Maher Jr., of the book Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”  

She also wrote the introduction to the reissue of the travel classic A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella Bird and contributed to Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia.  

Stephanie’s personal essays and journalism on visual arts, literature, endangered languages, and Greece and Sweden have appeared in such publications as BOMBlog, Brooklyn Rail, Gothamist, The Literary Traveler, and The Millions as well as mentioned by The New Yorker (Page-Turner), The Paris Review (On the Shelf), The Huffington Post and other media outlets.

For more than a decade she has edited books for a publishing house.  She is also the visual arts editor for Burnside Writers Collective, where she writes a column about church architecture called Church Hopping and offers live tours.  She has taught writing classes in New York and Michigan and written curriculum for authors.  Stephanie has given readings at the Bowery Poetry Club, Cornelia Street Café, The Sidewalk Café, and other establishments.

Stephanie is one of the original members of the Festival and this is her seventh Festival as a participating writer.  She will be offering the Writing Workshop, “WHO GETS TO TELL A STORY?”.


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