The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Haunted Memoir: What Ghosts Reveal about Life with Bruce Owens Grimm

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Horror, Memoir, Personal Essays
Tags: Trauma, Haunting, Ghosts

About the Session

Ghosts have been inescapable in our lives, whether they be reminders of trauma or versions of our lives that are now long gone. How do we ask questions about these ghosts in our writing? This session will look at how memoirists construct ghosts on the page and how they connect the concept of haunting to their lives and experiences. We will then discuss how participants might be haunted and how to bring their ghosts to life on the page.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Bruce Owens Grimm

Bruce Owens Grimm writes haunted queer essays and memoir. His work has appeared in The RumpusKenyon Review OnlineNinth Letter, AWP’s Writer’s NotebookIron Horse Literary ReviewOlder Queer Voices, and elsewhere. He is co-editing Fat & Queer, an anthology inspired by his Fat and Queer series for Queen Mob’s Tea House. More can be found at

A Statement from the Piper Center about COVID-19

In an effort to reduce the spread of germs, this event will be ‘touch free,’ meaning that all authors, faculty, students, and other participants should avoid shaking hands, hugging, taking selfies, or otherwise engaging in physical contact. Additionally, we are encouraging all community members to wash their hands, avoid touch their face, use hand sanitizer, and otherwise follow the official guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. If you are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms of a virus, please stay home and seek medical treatment as necessary. Any individuals who are unable to attend due to illness will have refunds issued in full. While we are unable to provide livestreaming or other forms of remote access for this event, we are actively working to ensure this in the future. If you have any questions, please contact the Piper Center accordingly. To learn more, read our full statement on COVID-19 at