F175. It's None of Your Business—Or Is It? When Students Resist Their Own Compelling Stories

Marquis Salon 12 & 13, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


How do we encourage students to recognize their unique experiences as potential writing material and to bring those narratives to the page? And where should we, as instructors, draw the line? Can encouragement become prescriptive? Is it fair, for example, to suggest to a student with cerebral palsy that omits his wheelchair from his work may do a disservice to his writing? This panel examines the limits and rewards of teaching creative writing in truly diverse classrooms.



Lisa Glatt is the author of the novels The Nakeds, and A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That, the short story collection The Apple's Bruise, and the poetry collections Shelter and Monsters and Other Lovers. She teaches at California State University, Long Beach.

David Hernandez is the author of four poetry collections, including Dear, Sincerely. His awards include an NEA Literature Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. David teaches creative writing at California State University, Fullerton.

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir, and Still Point of the Turning World, which was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, VOGUE, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Slate, and many other publications.

Suzanne Greenberg is the author of the novel Lesson Plans and the collection Speed-Walk and Other Stories, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, as well as the coauthor of Everyday Creative Writing. Her fiction appears in the new LA Fiction Anthology. She teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach.


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