Northwestern University

Tue 6:00 PM

The Chronic Question: Writing About Illness

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM  

Where: Annie May Swift Hall, auditorium-1st floor, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Stacy Oliver   847.467.4099

Group: Center for the Writing Arts

Category: Academic

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Thirty years ago, Susan Sontag wrote, “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and the kingdom of the sick … Sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

Join four outstanding authors and bloggers on a topic with a growing audience and a particular relevance to nonfiction writing. They will discuss the process of  writing about chronic illness, why this literary genre is growing, why women are the main focus, and how sharing one's journey with readers is important.

Jenni Propoky, (creator of the famous blog will moderate this panel discussion with authors: 

Laurie Edwards, author of In The Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America. “An indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions.”--Booklist (starred review)

S.L. Wisenberg, blogger and author or Cancer Bitch"The Adventures of Cancer Bitch is witty and relentless, surprising and honest. Wisenberg has walked through the Valley of Cancer and she is willing to tell all; this is a cornucopia of breast cancer information as well as a very smart, funny read from an excellent writer."--Audrey Niffenegger, author, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Paula Kamen, playwright and author of All In My Head"Essential reading for anyone who suffers from chronic pain or...enjoys a dash of wit in their memoir-reading." -- Bookslut. 


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