Courtney Sender.




Courtney Sender's fiction appears with AGNI, Graywolf Press, The Kenyon Review, Tin House, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, and many others. Her essays appear in The New York Times' "Modern Love" and The Atlantic. She is a fellow of Yaddo, MacDowell, and Ucross, and was the George Bennett Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. She currently teaches at Tufts University and GrubStreet. Her debut story collection, IN OTHER LIFETIMES ALL I'VE LOST COMES BACK TO ME, is forthcoming next year with WVU Press. Read more on her website.


SESSION: Writing the Extremely Personal: Sex, Health, Family

What does it mean to write the extremely personal? How do you navigate the inclusion and publication of intimate details in your fictional or nonfictional work? In this lecture, two writers for The Atlantic and The New York Times’ “Modern Love” discuss how to navigate the writing process when your work includes deeply personal details about yourself or others—sex, family, health, romance, and so much more. Questions we will address include: how do we approach the writing process, and what public and private considerations should we keep in mind during and after the publication process? What are the advantages and disadvantages of plumbing your own life for artistic truth? How does the personal differ in fiction and nonfiction, if at all?

CO-PRESENTER: Christine Gross-Loh