R125. CANCELLED: Escape into Truth: Craft and Catharsis in the Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This panel discussion will address best practices for the creative nonfiction workshop on the graduate and undergraduate levels, focusing on craft, pedagogy and experimentation. Alexander Chee wrote, "To write is to sell a ticket to escape, not from the truth, but into it." The CNF workshop can be the best vehicle for this work, and panelists will supply models for success, pitfalls to avoid, and recommended practices.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: _AWP_2020_EVENT_OUTLINE1.docx



Lisa Page is coeditor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing. Her work has appeared in VQR, Playboy, The Washington Post Bookworld, The Crisis, Origins, and American Short Fiction, and in several anthologies. She directs the creative writing program at George Washington University.

Brando Skyhorse is the author of The Madonnas of Echo Park, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award; Take This Man: A Memoir; and coeditor of the anthology We Wear The Mask. Skyhorse is an associate professor at Indiana University, where he teaches in the creative writing MFA program.

Christa Parravani' s Her: A Memoir was a Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Library Journal best book of 2013. Parravani's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, Guernica, Daily Beast, The Guardian, and Catapult, among other places. She is assistant professor of creative writing at WVU.

Annie Liontas' novel, Let Me Explain You, was featured in The New York Times Book Review as Editor's Choice. She is the coeditor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors. She teaches at George Washington University.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center