The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival gets underway this week (in, of course, New Orleans), and several Taos faculty will be on hand to participate! Jane Ciabattari, who is returning for her second year as an instructor at this year's Taos Conference, will be moderating a panel on March 26th called "It's a Family Affair." The panelists two other former Taos folks, Dorothy Allison and Valerie Martin. If you're attending the Festival, make sure to attend! Here's a description of the panel, from Jane:
It’s been said that families are like fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts. Making use of the crazy aunts, the uncles who like to take a drink or two, the wild siblings, writers have long been mining the nut bowl for material, transforming a family’s less than perfect habits into pitch-perfect narratives. From secrets to skeletons in the closet to the hair-brained schemes and heartbreaks, writing about the family is one way to make the dysfunctional work. Dorothy Allison, Valerie Martin, Rosalyn Story, and Susan Straight share their strategies for creating stellar narratives from the ties that bind.Wish we could be there!
Panelists: Dorothy Allison, Valerie Martin, Rosalyn Story, and Susan Straight.Moderator: Jane Ciabattari.Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom, 300 Bourbon Street