Author Archives: Lisa Birk

About Lisa Birk

A 2013 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator, Lisa Birk was formerly a teacher of writing at Boston University and the project manager of Harvard University’s Narrative Journalism Program at the Nieman Foundation. Her work has appeared in many publications including Orion Magazine, the Harvard Review, The Boston Phoenix and The Boston Globe. It has also been anthologized in several books including W.W. Norton’s Abnormal Psychology. She is at work on her first novel, Maria LaHaye.

World Building: Where Are We? Part II

So you have a strategy or two for locating the reader in time. You know whether and why you’re setting your surreal, speculative or dystopian novel in the past, present or future. And you’ve pinpointed the era, the decade, maybe…