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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10J: Truth and Taboo: Writing Past Shame
Limited Capacity seats available

Can writing your toughest truths be both therapeutic and literary? What are the personal and technical processes of putting secrets or trauma on the page? This seminar provides gentle support and investigation of the pestering, personal truths that ghost your fiction and nonfiction writing. If you’ve ever wondered, "Should I write about that? But what will people think?" and stopped there, this conversation is for you. Using Ariel Levy’s “Thanksgiving in Mongolia” and other examples, in this seminar we’ll consider the self-care and deliberate craft techniques that midwife courageous, clear-eyed writing in any genre. You’ll leave with models for how other writers, in the pursuit of truth, have embraced subjects steeped in shame—and with a new disregard for the taboo.

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Dawn Dorland

Fiction and Nonfiction Writer
Dawn Dorland is an LA-based writer and educator whose work concerns poverty, race, class, and invisible identities. She teaches fiction and nonfiction on the faculties of GrubStreet, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, and at the Downtown Women’s Center, serving the homeless women o... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
St. James Room

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