S233. Truer Words Were Never Spoken: On the Challenges of Writing About Family in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir

Grand Salon B, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Writers of nonfiction struggle with the ethics of transparency in their work, particularly when discussing family. From fratricide to confronting parental abandonment or making a living from illegal professions, writers must often face their own demons and those of extended family members to tell their stories. Each author will discuss a work of memoir from a published or forthcoming book and then discuss reconciling the transparency necessary for the success of the project.



Artress Bethany White is the author of the poetry collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Ecotone, and Poet Lore. Her nonfiction has appeared in Blood Orange Review and The Hopkins Review. She is a past Sewanee Writers' Conference and Hambidge fellow.

Sharon Harrigan's fiction and essays have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Narrative, The Rumpus, and Pleaides. She is a contributing editor of The Nervous Breakdown and teaches creative nonfiction at WriterHouse in Charlottesville. Her memoir, Playing with Dynamite, is forthcoming.

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the novel Into The Go-Slow, selected by Salon as a best book of 2014, and What Does Happiness Play For? an upcoming memoir to be published by Little, Brown. She is a professor at Baruch College, CUNY and is director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program.

Lori Horvitz’s recent work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Epiphany, Southeast Review, and Chattahoochee Review. Author of a collection of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, Horvitz is professor of English at UNC Asheville, where she also directs their WGSS Program.


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