Anatomy of a Scene With Kristen Arnett

July 14, 2021

Join novelist Kristen Arnett for a craft-focused event on Wednesday, July 14, at 7 PM EDT. In conversation with Spencer Quong, the assistant editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, the author will walk through the revision process of select scenes from her latest novel, With Teeth, out now from Riverhead Books. Inspired by the New York Times Anatomy of a Scene series, this event aims to offer a closer look at the decision-making—the trial and error—that brings a work of literature to life.

This event is free. However, please RSVP to receive access to the Zoom link.

Time/format: Wednesday, July 14, at 7 PM EDT on Zoom



Kristen Arnett is a queer writer based in Florida. She is the author of the novels With Teeth (Riverhead Books, 2021) and Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019), which was a New York Times best-seller, and the story collection Felt in the Jaw (Split/Lip Press, 2017). Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, North American Review, Gulf Coast, Guernica, and McSweeney’s, among other publications.

For a preview of Arnett’s creative process, read her contributions to Craft Capsules, our weekly series in which authors share craft insights, obsessions, and curiosities. She offers advice on writing humor in fiction, including notes on the standard joke format, self-deprecating humor, copycats, and absurdist humor.