R213. CANCELLED: Betrayed: Writing about Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

Status: Not Accepted

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


As poets and prose writers, our creative process is complicated by our anticipation of our loved ones' reactions to our work. We risk harming real-life relationships, and may expose ourselves and others to legal liability. How do we address these conflicts in our writing and in our lives, and what choices can we make to protect ourselves, our work, and our loved ones? We'll discuss strategies to mitigate the potential for liability and emotional harm before and after publication.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Betrayed_Outline_FINAL.docx



Helen Fremont, a former public defender, is the author of the new memoir The Escape Artist. Her previous book, After Long Silence, was a national bestseller. Her work has appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and other publications.

Annie Kim is a poet and attorney who works at the University of Virginia School of Law as an assistant dean. Her first book, Into the Cyclorama, won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and her second, Eros the Contagion, won the Washington Prize. She teaches poetry and legal writing in Charlottesville, VA.

Lynette D'Amico's work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Ocean State Review, Brevity, and Slag Glass City. Her novella Road Trip was shortlisted for the Paris Literary Prize and the first runner-up of the 2014 Quarterly West Novella Contest.

Lenore Myka is the author of King of the Gypsies: Stories. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, her award-winning writing has appeared in a variety of publications and has been selected as distinguished by the Best American series.

Lisa Van Orman Hadley is the author of Irreversible Things, a semi-autobiographical novel-in-stories. She has received the Larry Levis post-graduate fellowship, a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, and a Millay Colony fellowship. Irreversible Things is the winner of the Howling Bird Book Prize.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center