Date(s) - July 18
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reed College, Vollum Lecture Hall
A panel with Charles D’Ambrosio, Karen Karbo, Elissa Schappell, moderated by Michelle Wildgen Say you’ve been dogged by an event and its ripples for years. You’re driven to ponder it, question it, and finally write it down, but then you receive the most dreaded response of all: “I can see why you needed to write this, but not why I need to read it.”What does this nebulous evaluation really mean? Are readers looking for broad, societal themes or rich detail and specificity of experience? Or is it simply a question of prose being good enough to justify its own existence? Our panelists will discuss their approaches to making their own story matter to others. We’ll talk about specific ways to evaluate your own nonfiction and autobiographical fiction for relevance and broader urgency, red flags that tell you it may be missing, and ways to fix it. Vollum Lecture Hall at Reed College. Part of the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop.