S226. Writing Feminism in Creative Nonfiction

Room 305, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Five women writers speak about how feminism influences their CNF writing. In our post-feminism era how do women memoirists and journalists fit in? What effect does feminism have on the MFA program from the professors’ and students’ viewpoint? Who are the feminists CNF writers can look to these days? Are Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan still relevant? Where does feminism intersect with publishing? How helpful is the VIDA count in raising awareness to these issues?



Sarah Lenz has published nonfiction in Connotation Press. She is currently a teaching fellow and MFA candidate at Georgia College and State University.

Marcia Aldrich is the author of the free memoir Girl Rearing and of Companion to an Untold Story, winner of the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She has posted a series on the script, filming, props, music, and editing of the trailer for Companion at Backhand Blog.

Kristen Iversen is the author of the award-winning books Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats and Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth; and also a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. She directs the MFA program at the University of Memphis.

Sonja Livingston’s book, Ghostbread, won the AWP Award Series in Nonfiction. Her work has won honors from the Deming Fund, Iowa Review, Arts & Letters, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Essays from a forthcoming collection appear in journals such as RiverTeeth, Seneca Review, and Creative Nonfiction.


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