S237. Wayfaring Stranger: Writing Away from Our Experience

Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Fiction that goes beyond the self—the kind that strays from one's own gender, ethnicity, class, and personal experience—may be the truest form of storytelling and our greatest act of empathy as artists. Five writers discuss and share the challenges posed both in writing and publishing wayfaring stories and the process they use to allow themselves the courage to write about what they don't know.



Michael Croley is a 2016 NEA Fellow in Literature. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, VQR, Narrative, Blackbird, the Pinch, SB Nation, and elsewhere. He teaches at Denison University.

Richard Bausch is the author of twelve novels, including Peace and Before, During, After. His ninth book of stories, Living in the Weather of the World, is forthcoming. He also has published a volume of prose and poetry, These Extremes.

Brad Watson is the author of Last Days of the Dog-Men, The Heaven of Mercury, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives, and Miss Jane: A Novel. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Wyoming.

Anne Valente is the author of the novel, Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, and the short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names. Her fiction appears in One Story, the Kenyon Review, the Southern Review, and the Chicago Tribune. She teaches creative writing at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Laura van den Berg is the author of two short story collections, more recently The Isle of Youth, which received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and the Bard Fiction Prize, and the novel Find Me. She is a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard University.


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