The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
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)

Gionni Ponce is a Macondista prose writer living in Tempe, Arizona. She is a former 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers' Conference Fellow. In 2019, she received a full-tuition scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and was named a Writer in South Asia Fellow by Indiana University in 2018. She is currently working on a short story collection centered on bilingualism and multi-generational conflict in Mexican-American families. Learn more on Twitter: @GPisMe