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Saturday, April 6 • 10:30am - 11:45am
5E: "Dare I Disturb the Universe?" Writing Dangerous Nonfiction
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Every writer struggles sometimes with the blank page-- but what happens when they're not just struggling with themselves or the words, but with the wider world's reaction to their writing? When, for example, their memoir includes content rumored to be considered anathema in the publishing industry? Or when they're writing an investigative journalism piece-- and realize they need to humanize a person who did horrible things? How can writers at once embrace making readers uncomfortable-- and yet make them keep reading? How can we transcend the safe or accepted narratives, and tell urgent, risky, even unpopular ones-- and do it ethically?

Together we will read and discuss excerpts from nonfiction work that caused a stir and do short writing exercises to discover paths forward in our own work. As T.S. Eliot famously asked, "Dare I disturb the universe?" Together, we will dare.

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Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, recipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times... Read More →

Saturday April 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Stuart Room - 4th Floor