Captain Memoir to the Rescue

October 7, 2011 § 8 Comments

We here at Brevity Blog headquarters truly hate when someone takes a cheap shot at memoir writers, especially when they employ the stale “me, me, me” trope to discount serious self-inquiry, except sometimes the naysayers are very very funny, as in the latest Cartoon Adventures of Bill and Dave over at Bill and Dave’s Cocktail Hour.  Plus, Bill Roorbach is perhaps the cuddliest superhero ever conceived:

AWP Nonfiction Cheat Sheet: Friday Morning

January 28, 2011 § 2 Comments

Really, when are we supposed to breathe?

Friday 9 to 10:15 am

Harding Room

Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level

F105. Pedagogy Forum Session: Nonfiction. This session is designed to give contributors to the 2011 Pedagogy Forum an opportunity to discuss their work, though all are welcome. The papers themselves will provide a framework to begin in-depth discussion in  creative writing, pedagogy, and theory. A pedagogy speaker will contextualize the discussion with some brief remarks before attendees break out into small discussion groups. These groups will be facilitated by trained pedagogy paper contributors.

Virginia B Room

Marriott Wardman Park, Lobby Level

F113. Where Science and Justice Meet: The Necessity of Environmental Writing. (Nancy Lord, David Gessner, Gretchen Legler, Kathleen Dean Moore, Catherine Reid, John Calderazzo) Beset by global warming, habitat loss, and industrial waste and pollution, today’s “natural world” demands more than observation and reverence from writers. This panel of established nature and environmental writers will explore the need for scientific accuracy, political acumen, the pursuit of social justice, and at least occasional humor in shaping literary responses to environmental threats and change.

Friday 10:30 am to 11:45 am

Thurgood Marshall East Room

Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level

F128. Women on Wanderlust: Travel Writing. (Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Elisabeth Eaves, Alison Stein Wellner, Johanna Gohmann) Contributors of Best Women’s Travel Writing 2010 will debate the role gender plays in their trade. What safety precautions do they take on their solo expeditions? Have they ever used their perceived vulnerability to their advantage? After exploring the ways gender can impact a journey, they will reflect on how it influences prose. Is there a feminine style of travel writing? What is the market like post-Eat, Pray, Love, and how can new writers break into the field?

Wilson A, B, & C Room

Marriott Wardman Park, Mezzanine Level

F134. To Tell You the Truth: Strategies in the New Nonfiction. (Jeffrey Shotts, Nick Flynn, Eula Biss, Ander Monson, Stephen Elliott) Creative nonfiction has never been more exciting, as writers from multiple genres explore and define new modes of writing essay, memoir, journalism, and cultural criticism. Four writers at the forefront of the new nonfiction discuss strategies for writing and reading these new forms of “truth-telling.”

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