Afternoon Craft Conversation with Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

How to Write About Disaster

We are living through a disaster—but it’s not the only disaster. This class will examine how to write about a disaster in ways that don’t make the disaster feel overwhelming, or force the writer into a narrative that feels to pat. What are examples of good disaster writing and what is the writer’s responsibility in his work during times of disaster?


Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s memoir, Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye, examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction, and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her latest book, American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland, published by Graywolf in April, 2020, follows her journey through seven heartland states in the company of evangelical Christian harvesters, and examines the role of GMOs, God, agriculture, and race in society.

Marie Mockett