F140. Writing Revolution: Not Why, but How

Grand Salon C, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


What are the specific challenges of writing about resistance and protest movements? How do we balance ethics, polemics, and aesthetics? How do we portray the labor—emotional and otherwise—of change-makers? When depicting historical movements, what are the obligations to reality and the obligations to the imagination? This panel brings together writers for a craft discussion of how to write fiction about revolution, political violence, and entangled histories.

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of the novel The Sleeping World. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and the Millay Colony. She teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Maryland.

Peter Mountford is the author of the novels A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Granta, Best New American Voices 2008, The Sun, and The Atlantic. He is events curator at Hugo House, and teaches at Sierra Nevada College's MFA.

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the 2013 Commonwealth Prize for Asia. The New York Times called it "incandescent." Her second novel, What Lies Between Us, drew comparisons to the voices of Michael Ondatjee and Jumpha Lahiri.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside