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Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.


Writing to Prevent the World from Destroying Itself: Environmental Fiction with Juhea Kim

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: 
Basha, Old Main (view map)
Type(s): 
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Climate Fiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Nature Writing
Tags: The Environment

About the Session

Camus once said, "the purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself." Over sixty years later, we would not be remiss in thinking of ourselves as tasked with the same momentous duty. So how do we defend humanity with the might of our pens? In this session, participants will examine how to write environmental fiction that is emotionally compelling and ethically consequential in an interactive format that includes a guided meditation, small-group discussions, a writing prompt, and readings of diverse styles of environmental fiction beyond the grim-dystopian (2 American, 2 international). We will become aware of how our style and tone can be used to make an ethical claim. 

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Juhea Kim

Juhea Kim was born in In Cheon, Korea, and moved to Portland, Oregon, at age nine. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Art and Archaeology and a certificate in French. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Granta, Slice, Zyzzyva, and Catapult. Her translation of Lee Sang Award-winning author Choi In-Ho was published in Granta. She is the founder and editor of Peaceful Dumpling, an online magazine covering sustainable lifestyle and ecological literature, and has freelanced for Vogue, Sierra Magazine, Huffington Post, and the Times Literary Supplement. She has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, and Regional Arts & Culture Council. She is represented by Brandt & Hochman Literary Agency.