Can I Get A Witness? Regarding the Pain of Others, with Melissa ChadburnWorkshops
Friday, July 22, 4:00-7:00 pm PST *online*
I’ve often struggled with the limitation of what’s deemed a literature of witness. How are we implicated in the aftermath of crimes we did not ourselves witness? How can we best carry their stories forward, without appropriating them, without unduly calling attention to ourselves, and without in turn, having their stories displaced by ours? This class will explore innovative interventions on ways of looking through works by Saidiya Hartman, Cathy Park Hong, Muriel Rukeyser and others. And developing our own witnessing practice—producing original works of nonfiction in that sweet spot of up to 1200-2000 words.