Downtown Bend: Writers Working - Using Family as Fodder
Monday, December 10, 2018
Discuss the ethical issues when writing about others - including family.
Writing honestly about loved ones--about your family--is one of the trickiest issues we writers navigate. We'll discuss the ethical issues around using family as fodder: when to tell secrets, when to let sleeping dogs lie, what you can write versus what you should write, some general rules of thumb for writing about others "factually," and understanding your own intentions when doing so.
Emily Carr says she "writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney's editors, for example) called divorce poems." She has lived all over the world and is the author of several collections and chapbooks of poems. After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she's the program director of the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. Her newest book, "Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet", is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. You can find her online at www.ifshedrawsadoor.com/ and as ifshedrawsadoor on Instagram.
Dr. Emily Carr