Roundtable Sessions

Thursday, 1 June, 3 - 4.45pm 

Please be on time. Snacks and beverages will be available during the sessions.
Note that the rooms are small and there is limited space for bystanders.

Hybridity: The Edges of Nonfiction
Moderators: Catherine Taylor & Chelsea Biondolillo
Aðalbygging – A050


Amanda Gardiner

Ann Breidenbach

Cat Pleska

Claire White

Curtis VanDonkelaar 

Ella Longpre   

Janice Simpson

Jenny Browne

Kate Schmitt  

Katy Sperry   

Laura Manning

Linda Michel-Cassidy

Marina Blitshteyn

Melinda Harvey

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Lindenberg   

Robyn Ferrell

Susan Briante 

Susan McCarty          

Tim Tomlinson

Vybarr Cregan-Reid   

Willard Spiegelman

Xenia Hanusiak


Bearing Witness: The Spaces Between Us Project

Reader Becomes Author and Artist

The Challenge of Oral Tales in Memoir

Getting Your Story Straight: A Case Study of Traditional Shetland Songwriting


New Disaster Hybrids

Crossing the Banks of the Brisbane River

Re-Imagining Genre in the Age of Climate Change

Static Signals: Alternative Structures in Nonfiction

Smelling Jasmine in a Cemetery: A Flash Nonfiction Series

Helmet Heads

Experimental Forms as Conceptual Art

Creative Criticism, or Criticism as Lyric Essay

Criticism as Event

The Form Which is Not One: Hybrid Criticism in the Discursive Borderlands

Origins of Innovation: Hybrid Forms in History

The Vigor of the Hybrid: Creative Nonfiction as a Growing Edge

On Creative Nonpoetry

Formlessness as Hybridity

The Nonfiction Poem

The Fiction of Nonfiction

Me and Not Me: What Montaigne Means to Us

The Precipice of Experience


Ecologies and Place
Moderators: LeAnne Howe & Sean Prentiss
Aðalbygging – A051


Confronting Climate Change Locally: Mini-Livestock Revolutionaries

Immersive Travel Writing: The Boundaries of Authenticity

TOTEM: Radiation, Flesh, and Affiliation

On Stasis, Return, and the Ecosystem of Self

Lux City Living

In Defense of Trees, Walks, and Birds: Responding Thoughtfully and Responsibly to Critiques of Place-Based Writing

Dark Strangers: James Baldwin and Black American Flâneurie

Fact and Fiction on a Map of Ireland’s Border

Restoring Relevancy: Questions for Writers of Endangered Places

On Place, Ecology and The Personal Essay

Look North: Landscape and Identity in the Arctic

Here Is Where I Walk: Views of the Presidio Forest

Reaching, Changing, Tending, Abiding

The Power of Storytelling

Animal Voices in a Time of Environmental Crisis


Petit Valley, Trinidad

Gone Tomorrow: Writing Places on the Cusp of Change

The Last Battle Between Form and Light


Amy Wright

Ania Payne    

Annelise Roberts

Cassandra Kircher

Don Morrill

Erica Trabold 

Ernest White II

Garrett Carr

John Price

K.C. Wolfe

Kelsey Camacho

Leslie Carol Roberts

Lisa Birnbaum

Piia Mustamaki

Rebecca Giggs

Robert Finley

Suzanne Menghraj

Vanessa Berry

Victoria McReynolds


Truth, Ethics and Empathy
Moderators: Laura Julier & Julija Sukys
Aðalbygging – A052


The Haze of History: Creative Nonfiction as Focused on Ancestors

Considering Informed Consent in the Pursuit of Truth and Empathy in Ethical Creative Nonfiction

And So Dies My Clan: Reading Indigenous Literature and Politics Through Trauma Time

Where Empathy Lies: On (Not) Telling Students to ‘Make It Beautiful’

Pants on Fire

Empathy or Escapism

Telling the Truth about Islam. The Use of Nonfiction in Autobiographical Apostasy Narratives

When Does a Writer Cross the Line When Writing About Family, Lovers, and Friends?

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Writing about Poverty

An Ax to Grind: Writing the Marginal in Creative Nonfiction

Towards an Ethics of Hybridity

Ethics of Nonfiction and Genre

Ethics of Nonfiction and Genre

Bleeding Deer

Porn as Erasure

Memoirist as Narrative Physician: The Ethics of Medical Information

Crescent of Sand

When It is Worth Having a Story Killed: Truth, Ethics, and Empathy When Writing about the Indigenous

Morality of Pronouns

The Storytelling Itch (and Here’s the Hitch)

Creative Non-Fiction, Truth, and ‘Smart Fans’

Describing My Mother

Theoretical Booty Call

Ethics of Writing True

In Praise of Dispraise

Muddling through Representation in Nonfiction

Dwelling Between the Lines: Accountability, Righteousness, and the Ethics of Ambiguity

Writing about Family


Andrea Wuorenmaa

Anna Derrig

Charles Gleek

Chauna Craig  

Catherine (C.K.) Buni

Corinne Goria

Daniel Enstedt

Diane Payne

Douglas Haynes

Eric Freeze

Erika Meitner 

George Jensen

Heidi Skurat Harris    

Holly Hansen 

Jennifer Quartararo

JR Fenn

Kimberly Dark

Leslie Hsu Oh

Maggie Anderson

Maria Tumarkin

Marion Wrenn

Mako Yoshikawa

Michelle Meyers

Mimi Schwartz

Natasha Sajé   

Parashar (Paro) Kulkarni

Sarah N. Cheshire

Shari Zeck


Moderators: Bob Cowser & Bonnie Sunstein
Aðalbygging – A069


The Artist Statement as Creative Nonfiction

Object Lessons Exercise to Use with ‘Candy Cigarettes’

The Bees’ Knees

The Role (or Lack Thereof) of Creative Nonfiction in First-Year Writing

Ellipsis, on the Canvas and the Page 

Thinking Against Oneself: Turning Fan Fiction Into Nonfiction

Teaching the Video Essay in the Creative Nonfiction Classroom

College Composition, Nonfiction, and Maus: A Story About the Use of Story

The Efficacy of ‘Quick Win’ Assignments in Non-Degree-Bearing Writing Programs

Title IX, Memoir Pedagogy, and Public and Personal Safety

Accepting Patois in Jamaican Pedagogy—Removing Barriers to Success Especially in Instruction/Testing

The ‘Something to Write About’ Syllabus: Surprise and Elicitation in the Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Make Yourself Say It

Crossing Languages, Cultures, and Genres in Times of Insecurity and Global Migration

Silence as Pedagogical Approach and Memoirist’s Tool to Access Memory

Spaces of Translations: The Writing Center as a Pedagogical Safe House

Where am I?

Teaching Activist Writing in CNF Classes

Pictures Come First: The Return of the Visual as an Initiatory Component in the Teaching of Contemporary Critical Thinking and the Development of Nonfiction Text

The Problem of Teaching Content

Pedagogy: Radical Vulnerability and Resistance in Creative Nonfiction

Accepting Patois in Jamaican Pedagogy—Removing Barriers to Success Especially in Instruction/Testing

The Impersonal Essay Does Not Exist

Filming the Unfilmable: Teaching Undergraduates Film and Poetry by Way of Site-Specific Imagery


A. Elizabeth Mikesell

Anne Panning

Ben Stewart   

Brooke Champagne                

Caitlin Horrocks

David McGlynn

Deborah Hall

Deborah Williams

Gabi Logan     

Glen Retief

Jean Purchas-Tulloch

Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman

Joshua Wheeler

Joyce Meier   

Kelly Moffett            

Ken Nielsen

Mark Lewandowski

Rachel May

Sean Eve

Silas Hansen

Suzanne Scanlon

Theresa-Nichole Peters    

Verity Sayles

Zack Godshall