The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


Trigger Warning: Writing Trauma with Bill Konigsberg

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: 
Traditions, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Practice, Mixed Genre, Therapeutic Practice, Writing Practice, Writing Process
Tags: Mental Health, Trauma

About the Session

How do we mine our darkest moments for story, and how do we sit in that place and get the story onto the page while maintaining our mental health? In this session, we will talk about how we as writers explore our own traumas in ways that allow us to be vulnerable and open, share the experience so that others can feel what we felt, and still keep ourselves separate enough to function in real life.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Bill Konigsberg

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of five young adult novels, including The Porcupine of Truth, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, and Openly Straight, which won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014 and has been translated into five languages. In 2018, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) established the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.