Documentary filmmaker Laurie Kahn will present her latest work, “Love Between the Covers,” a film that explores the genre of Romance writing on Saturday, June 25 during Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction residency. The screening, which includes a Q & A with Kahn, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg. The event is sponsored by Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program and the Westmoreland Library Network. Tickets are free through the Seton Hill University Box office at 724-552-2929 or www.setonhill.edu/tickets.
Over three years, Kahn and her film crew followed the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished budding author as they built their businesses, found and lost loved ones, coped with changes in the publishing industry and earned a living doing what they love. “Love Between the Covers” explores the romance genre, which outsells mystery, sci-fi and fantasy novels combined and takes an honest look at the amazing global community that romance writers and readers have built.
Documentary filmmaker Laurie Kahn is interested in telling compelling, visually interesting stories that don’t normally find their way to the screen. Laurie’s film “A Midwife’s Tale” was part of PBS’s The American Experience series and won numerous awards including a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-fiction. Her film, TUPPERWARE! won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy.
Kahn is currently the Project Director of the Popular Romance Project, which produced “Love Between the Covers” along with a large interactive website exploring popular romance across time and across cultures, a nationwide library program with the American Library Association, and a symposium on the deep roots of romance fiction and its future in the digital age at the Library of Congress.
Kahn’s film company, Blueberry Hill Productions, was founded in 1992. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she worked on many award-winning documentary series, including “The American Experience, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954-1965,” and “Frontline Special Report: Crisis in Central America.” Before working in film, she worked in radio for NPR’s evening news program All Things Considered.
Seton Hill’s unique Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two weeklong, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes, and on-line discussion about the history, trends, and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student's experience. For more information about the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, visit http://fiction.setonhill.edu or contact Seton Hill’s Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4209.