F167. Full Disclosure: How to Spill Your Guts without Making a Mess

Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In the era of social media and reality TV, it seems no topic is too private to be publicly shared, but what do we really learn about each other from all this self-exposure? Are we telling everything while saying nothing? When an author writes about something deeply private, it should reveal our common humanity, not turn him or her into a side-show attraction. Our panel will discuss how to write about subjects such as addiction, forbidden lust, and grief in a way that serves a greater purpose.



Krista Bremer has won a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a North Carolina Arts Fellowship. Her essays have appeared in The Times (London), O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, and The Sun. She is a regular contributor to National Public Radio. Her memoir will be published in May 2014

Sy Safransky is editor and publisher of The Sun.

Cary Tennis has written Salon.com's "Since You Asked" advice column since Garrison Keillor left it in 2001.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water, the debut novel Dora: A Headcase, three books of short stories, and a critical book on war and narrative.

Marion Winik is the author of several books, including Highs in the Low Fifties, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, First Comes Love, Telling, and The Lunch-Box Chronicles. She is a professor at the University of Baltimore. She reviews books for Newsday and writes a biweekly column for the Baltimore Fishbowl website.


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