S268. The Interrogative Self and the Narrative Line: The Craft of Research in Creative Nonfiction

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


When should writers of creative nonfiction turn to research? When does personal experience demand the interrogative self and the investigative work of research? What challenges—such as fact-checking and citation—does research pose for publication? Writers and journal editors at various stages of their careers will discuss the creative potential of research in books and essays, and address the craft of using research in compelling and generative ways.



Erin Pushman's essays and play excerpts have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Confrontation, and Cold Mountain Review, among other journals and anthologies. The recipient of a 2017 NC Regional Artist Project Grant, she teaches writing at Limestone College, where she directs the writing center.

Laura Julier is editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, and teaches in the Professional Writing Program at Michigan State University, most recently courses in editing, style, and grammar, and nature and environmental nonfiction.

Will Jennings has published in The Water~Stone Review, River Teeth, The Southern Humanities Review, The Wapsipinicon Almanac, Trapeze, Exchange, Fugue, and Fourth Genre, and has appeared in two anthologies and received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. He teaches at the University of Iowa.

Jeff Pfaller


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