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Communicators Forum Conference
Making Something Out of Nothing

Opening Session

Finding Inspiration, Cultivating Imagination

If anyone knows anything about making something out of nothing, it's a novelist. One nugget of an idea can evolve into pages and pages of a bestseller. And in Judith Guest's case, her first novel also became an Oscar winner. Ordinary People, which won the Janet Heidegger Kafka Prize for best first novel in 1976, was made into a movie that won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture for 1980. Guest will share her thoughts about communicating what you see in your mind's eye as well as share her experiences about finding inspiration and cultivating imagination for her fifth and latest novel. The Tarnished Eye, a novel of suspense, will be published by Scribner this June.

Judith Guest was born in Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts in Education. Her second novel, Second Heaven, was selected as one of School Library Journal's Best Books for Young Adults. Her third novel, Killing Time in St. Cloud, written with novelist Rebecca Hill, was published in 1988. Errands, her fourth novel, was published in 1997. Guest has written several screenplays, one of which was based on a trio of short stories by Carol Bly and made into a movie called "Rachel River." In addition to writing, Guest co-teaches seminars on novel writing and enjoys hanging out with her grandchildren.


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