R192. The Author’s Children: The Intersection of Art, Advocacy, and Ethics in Writing About Your Kids

Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Writers of personal nonfiction often wrestle with how much to divulge about themselves and others, and the tension increases when the subject matter includes children. What are our rights, responsibilities, and imperatives as we write about our kids? How do we respond to concerns that we’re leaving a legacy that might make our children uncomfortable? In this panel, authors who have written boldly about their children and themselves will discuss these issues.



Zoe Zolbrod is the author of Currency, which received a 2010 Nobbie Award and was a Friends of American Writers prize finalist. She's a contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, and The Weeklings, and works as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Jillian Lauren has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She is the author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, The New York Times, and Los Angeles magazine.

Ben Tanzer is an Emmy-award winning Public Service Announcement writer and the author of the books My Father's House, You Can Make Him Like You, and the forthcoming Orphans and Lost in Space. He is also the editor of the anthology Daddy Cool and a partner at Curbside Splendor.

Claire Dederer is the author of the bestselling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Poses. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, the Nation, Slate, Salon, New York magazine, and in several essay anthologies.

Kerry Cohen is the author of six books, including Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity and Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals. She teaches in the Red Earth MFA.


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