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Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Interviews: Drawing on Familial Experience to Inspire Your Writing with Gionni Ponce

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Generative Workshop, Seminar, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Family History, Journalism, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays, Research
Tags: Family, Culture, Interviews

About the Session

Writing is not only deeply personal but cultural. What better place to discover the nuances of cultural experience than within your own family? Our parents, grandparents, aunts, and cousins are great sources of knowledge. In this generative seminar, we'll explore the complications of and uses for conducting family interviews to enrich your writing as well as contemplate when we should expand on a familial experience to craft more compelling stories. We'll brainstorm potential interviewees and questions we may put to them.  

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Gionni Ponce

Gionni Ponce is a Macondista prose writer currently based in Tempe, Arizona. She aims to create literary space for traditionally marginalized stories in her writing as well as in her work. She is the former associate director of the IU Writers' Conference. Her work is published in Kenyon Review Online, CRED Philly, The MFA Years, TakePart, and La Vida Magazine. To learn more, follow her on Twitter: @GPisMe