R209. Empathy in the Writing Classroom

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will connect creative writing pedagogy with our present political moment, in which calls for empathy and connection across differences proliferate. Experienced writer-teachers will address the functions and risks of empathy in the classroom and other writing spaces—we’ll discuss specific practices meant to spur empathy among students, but will also complicate the conversation by considering the ways that empathy can fail as a teaching tool and a tool for social change.


Katharine Beutner is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Her novel Alcestis won the 2011 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and her writing has appeared in Public Books, TriQuarterly, The Toast, and other publications. She has an MA and PhD from UT Austin.

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Massachusetts and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College. Lawlor is a fiction editor for Fence, and the author of a chapbook, Position Papers. Their first novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, is forthcoming.

Mairead Case is a working writer in Colorado and Chicago. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver, Summer Writing Program Coordinator at Naropa, and a teacher. Mairead is the author of See You in the Morning, a featherproof novel, and Tenderness, a Meekling poetry chapbook.

Kristiana Kahakauwila, Kanaka Maoli, is author of This Is Paradise: Stories, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. Associate professor of English at Western Washington University, she was the 2015–16 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside