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Saturday, July 14, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Drop-In Writing Session at Museo de las Americas Free! We’ll use themes from Carmen Maria Machado’s work and Museo’s current exhibition to inspire our own writing. Free and open to the public!

Saturday, July 28, 5:30 to 7:00 PM

Inside the Writer’s Studio with Carmen Maria Machado $10/Lighthouse members; $20/non-members; $5/students and seniors Carmen Maria Machado, author of the award-winning story collection Her Body and Other Parties , will join instructor Alexander Lumans for an on-stage conversation, plus a reading and book signing.

Sunday, July 29, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Craft Class: Every Story is a Haunted House Story $65/Lighthouse members; $75/non-members During this writing seminar, Carmen Maria Machado will break down the haunted house genre to its essential elements and explore how they function as a blueprint for all fiction. Come prepared to write and share!

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Carmen Maria Machado's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the Crawford Award. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century."

Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesGrantaTin HouseMcSweeney's Quarterly ConcernThe BelieverGuernicaBest American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.