What makes a letter a work of art? When does a diary become literature? How did the letter lead to the essay, and how do the two differ? We seek to expand the territory of creative nonfiction as we present and discuss the letters and journals of authors such as Michel de Montaigne, Virginia Woolf, Anais Nin, Charlotte Forten, Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Jacobs, Samuel Pepys, Mark Twain, Ned Rorem, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. This is a celebration and exploration. SMC MFA Professor Marilyn Abildskov will talk about journals as the central force of Sylvia, the autobiographical novel by Leonard Michaels, at an AWP panel exploring the role of letters and journals in creative nonfiction.
Date & Time
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Room 2B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2