Sunday, April 7 • 10:00am - 11:15am
9M: Let Me Tell You a Story About My Kids (GROAN!!!)
Limited Capacity seats available

For nonfiction writers who are parents, our children are one of the most important parts of our lives, and it's natural that they'll make their way into our essays and memoirs. But crafting original and compelling nonfiction about our own children is notoriously difficult. On one hand, no one wants to read about how our kids are angels, sent from above to enrich our lives and put everything into perspective. But on the other, no one wants to listen to us gripe about our ungrateful, mouthy offspring who leave their dirty laundry everywhere.

Join this lively discussion of what makes for excellent writing about our own kids. With examples from published essays and memoirs, we'll identify the craft elements that set these works apart, and discover strategies for depicting our own kids in ways that aren't cloying, predictable, off-putting, or unethical. Come with your own essay and memoir ideas, or problems you're currently wrestling with. (But please, leave your kids at home!)

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Jane Roper

Jane Roper is the author of a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins, and a novel, Eden Lake. Her short stories, essays and humor have appeared in Salon, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Cognoscenti, Post... Read More →
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Calvin Hennick

Calvin Hennick's debut memoir, Once More to the Rodeo, will be published in late 2019 by Pushcart Press. His essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in dozens of publications, including Yahoo Parenting, Parent & Child, Esquire, Runner's World, Bellevue Literary Review, and The... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am EDT
Gloucester Room - 4th Floor