Spring Craft Intensive: Melissa Chadburn


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Can I Get A Witness? Regarding the Pain of Others with Melissa Chadburn
Saturday, March 16th
11 AM  – 2 PM PST / 2 – 5 PM EST

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—with generative exercises

The scholarship for this intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Melissa Chadburn’s writing has appeared in The LA Times, NYT Book Review, NYRB, Paris Review online, and dozens other places. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, was published with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in April 2022 and was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award. She was just awarded her Ph.D. from USC’s Creative Writing Program. Melissa is a worker lover and through her own work and literary citizenship strives to upend economic violence. Her mother taught her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife and she’s basically been doing that ever since.