Lectures & Speaking Topics

Lies, Memories, and Other Research
As the author of both fiction and nonfiction works, Amy Bloom understands the vital role research plays in advancing a story and illuminating characters. In this lecture she looks at the purpose and challenges of research in creative writing—how it is done and how historical fact can change fiction, and even sometimes the fiction writers themselves.
21st Century Love: What's Better, What's Worse?
Reflecting on expressions of love in literature of the past 2,000 years, and how love is represented in her own work and life, Amy Bloom explores what has changed, what has not, what we have learned, and what we should never forget. From pastoral ideals to romantic love, from arranged unions to online disasters—the story of love has evolved. But whether between a man and a woman or between two of the same gender, the mysterious force of love endures, fascinates, and will forever be the catalyst to many great stories.
The Library Will Save Your Life
Amy Bloom’s love affair with libraries began at a young age, as they became a place for the writer to pursue knowledge, and ultimately happiness. Bloom values libraries not only as a home to great stories and information, but also as defenders of our civil rights and as great equalizers within communities. She concludes this lecture with a reflection on what it means to become a reader, how to get the most out of a book at any stage of life, and how to find books that will entertain, move, and change readers all at once.
Becoming a Storyteller
As a psychotherapist, Amy Bloom has spent a lot of time listening to people, and she has become especially intrigued by the gap between what people say and what they truly feel. In this lecture Amy Bloom talks about how important listening is to storytelling and why it does not bother her that writers sometimes lie.

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