Vanya Rose in conversation with Courtney Maum

Beyond the Writing of Fiction Series

January 18, 2022

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

In January, we celebrate Edith Wharton's birthday commemorating her literary legacy. Screenwriter/director Vanya Rose joins us to discuss her film WOMAN IN CAR, inspired by Wharton's 1912 novel, The Reef.

As an author of multiple books in different genres, the writer and book coach Courtney Maum is thrilled to host guests from across the literary stratosphere on The Mount's new monthly "Beyond the Writing of Fiction" craft series. From self-published authors to screenwriters, mystery writers and memoir writers and many other kinds, the breadth and diversity of the interviewees will celebrate Edith Wharton's own affection for various forms of writing while focusing on the elusive but essential tool of craft.


The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email,, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

Beyond the Writing of Fiction has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

  • Free online program.
  • Monthly discussion--October 2021 through June 2022.
  • Dr Rebecca Hall discusses her memoir/graphic novel--Wake, in February.
  • In March, Annabel Abbs discusses her book Windswept and walking the paths of trailblazing women.
  • April is poetry month; Arda Collins, a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition, joins us!
Vanya Rose
Production Company Website

Vanya Rose studied theatre and visual arts from an early age. She began formal theatre training at 15 with Polina Klimovitskaya, training in performance at NYU’s Tisch School, later completing a degree at McGill University in English/Theatre with first-class honors. After living several years in Europe, creating several theatre productions, Vanya returned to Montreal to complete a master’s degree in theatre directing with an FRSC award for excellence. Her filmography includes MONTREAL STORIES, three short films set in the 20th century; the latter produced by her new company, Thievish Films. While attending the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab, she completed IMPOSSIBLE starring Tyler Hynes and Charlotte Le Bon, which premiered at the prestigious Cinéma du Québec à Paris. She wrote, directed, and produced her short film, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL, and more recently, her first feature film, WOMAN IN CAR, starring Hélène Joy. She lives in Montreal with her two sons and is presently developing three new feature-length scripts.

Courtney Maum
Author Website

Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Costalegre (a GOOP book club pick and one of Glamour Magazine’s top books of the decade), I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and Touch (a New York Times Editor’s Choice and NPR Best Book of the Year selection), the popular guidebook Before and After the Book Deal: A writer’s guide to finishing, publishing, promoting, and surviving your first book, and the forthcoming memoir, The Year of the Horses. A nominee for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize, Courtney’s writing has been widely published in such outlets as the New York Times, and O, the Oprah Magazine, and her short story This is Not Your Fault was turned into an Audible Original at Amazon. Courtney is the founder of the artist residency, The Cabins and she privately coaches writers on how to preserve the mystery and joy of the creative process in a culture that wants artists to become brands. You can sign up for her newsletter at

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.