R241. Unnatural Deaths

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Suicides, murders, overdoses, accidents, acts of war—they're the unnatural deaths that pose particular challenges for some writers of nonfiction. Panelists will discuss approaches in craft for a subject that often has more questions than it does answers, as well as the unique challenges presented during the editorial, publishing, and postpublication processes—legal issues; political reverb; candid, uncomfortable discussions; and the delicacy in dealing with those who loved the dead.



Sarah Dohrmann's essays and short fiction have appeared in Harper's magazine, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and Joyland magazine, among others. She is at work on a memoir about her time in Morocco and its thematic intersection with her mother's suicide. She teaches essay writing at NYU.

Christa Parravani is the author of Her: A Memoir. Her work has appeared in Catapult, The London Times, The Washington Post, Salon, The Rumpus, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Marie Claire among there places. She is assistant professor of creative writing at West Virginia University.

Carolyn Murnick is the author of The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder, and an editor at New York magazine. She received an Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Aspen Institute in 2014.

Darin Strauss is a recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Library Association Award, and numerous other prizes. His work has been translated into fourteen languages in twenty countries. He is a clinical professor of writing at NYU, and is also a screenwriter

Eric Fair, an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. He is the author of the memoir Consequence. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Harper's, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

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