R145. It’s (Not) All About Me: Personal Writing in an Age of Narcissism

Florida Salon 6, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


People who write about themselves are often accused of being self-absorbed, but is that true? Five contributors to The Sun talk about the perils and potential of personal writing. How do you construct a narrative about yourself that touches other people’s lives? We’ll explore the craft of personal essays as well as issues related to class, gender, and race. We’ll also ask: in these fraught times, should the personal also be political?



Krista Bremer is the author of A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, O: the Oprah Magazine, The Sunday Times (London), and elsewhere. Her work has also been featured on NPR and PBS. She is the associate publisher of The Sun magazine.

Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.

Jaquira Diaz is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Kenyon Review, and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work appears in the Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Guardian, and The Best American Essays 2016.

Heather Sellers is the author of The Practice of Creative Writing, a textbook for the multigenre course, and You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, a memoir, and two collections of poetry, and a book of fiction, Georgia Under Water. She teaches in the MFA program at USF.

Crystal Williams, a poet and essayist, is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Detroit as Barn. She has received numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. crystalannwilliams.com.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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