Strange Families: Domestic Stories Illuminating Social
Issues. (Liza Monroy, John Christian Sevcik, Brian Gresko, Kassi Underwood, Jessica Hendry Nelson)
Redwood Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Memoirists have the unique ability to explore the intersection of their
personal and family lives with high-stakes issues: a gay immigration
marriage leads to questioning the institution and laws, a son sent to
Samoa examines privatized camps for difficult teens, and a stay-at-home
father faces gender discrimination. How do memoirists parlay their domestic lives into discussion of larger social issues? We will also offer techniques on how to mine this potential in your own family story.