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Countdown to Muse 2022: Finding Your People by Anjali Duva

The Muse and the Marketplace 2022 is almost here! This year's conference is our first ever hybrid conference, taking place Wednesday, April 27th - Sunday, May 1st, with the Manuscript Mart taking place Wednesday, May 4th - Sunday, May 8th.

This year’s conference theme is “Finding Your People.” As writers, we may draft our work alone, but it takes many people to bring a creative project into the world — from family and friends, to fellow writers, instructors, publishing professionals, literary champions, and ultimately eager readers. Muse 2022 is celebrating all of the connections that enable and enrich our writing and literary lives. 

As we count down to the conference, we are asking presenters, agents, and editors to tell us about who has enabled or enriched their own writing or literary life, and how that relationship began. Our next presenter in the series is Anjali Mitter Duva, author of the bestselling historical novel Faint Promise of Rain.

 

 

As a former urban infrastructure planner, I think in terms of the networks, often hidden, that make a city or other complex system function. Growing up in Paris, I was fascinated by the web of metro and bus lines, the underground tunnels of the sewers and catacombs, the bundles of power lines and cables strung up above, the grand boulevards of Haussmann, and the narrow winding streets of the 5th arrondissement. Like the layers in, under, and above Paris (but more appealing and better-smelling than sewers and catacombs), these are the networks that keep me going:

My children and spouse, for unending encouragement, even when physical and mental space for writing are missing (and often diverted to them);

My writing group of fourteen years, the Salt & Radish Writers, all met through GrubStreet, for steadfast accountability and critique;

My vast collection of writerly friends in whose successes I can share and find reasons to be optimistic;

My online and IRL network of South Asian womxn writers in particular, who give me cultural sustenance and commiseration in navigating a predominantly white publishing world;

My kathak dance community, the embodiment of dedication to art and tradition;

My network of neighbors and local friends who have helped with childcare coverage, errands, meals, quiet spaces, and so much more.

Writing is said to be a solitary pursuit, but for me that’s really only a small part of the picture.

 

Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian-American writer raised in France. She is the author of the bestselling historical novel Faint Promise of Rain which was shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She was a 2018 Finalist for a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Anjali co-founded and runs the Arlington Author Salon, a quarterly literary series with a twist, is a Fiction Co-Editor at Solstice Literary Magazine, and an instructor at GrubStreet. She is also a co-founder of Chhandika, a non-profit organization that teaches and presents India's classical storytelling kathak dance. Anjali was educated at Brown University and MIT. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her husband and two children, for whose friends she has run a decade-long book club for kids. anjalimitterduva.com.

 

 

You can catch Anjali's virtual craft discussion, "Writing While Multilingual: How to Leverage Your Languages for Strong Fiction,” via Hopin at Muse 2022 from 10:00am - 11:15am on April 27th. Don't wait! Register for the Muse and the Marketplace 2022 today.

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