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Writing Trauma with James Tate Hill

James Tate Hill
WINSTON-SALEM, NC—On Saturday, April 24, at 2:30 pm EDT, as part of the North Carolina Writers’ Network Online Spring Conference 2021, author James Tate Hill will lead the creative nonfiction session “Writing Trauma.”

Registration is open.

The cost is “Pay What You Can.” Can you pay $5? $1? $0? Cool, come join us!

Traumatic experiences can be the hardest to write about, but they are often our richest material. “To bring one’s self to others makes the whole planet less lonely,” writes Mary Karr in The Art of Memoir, but how do we translate pain into writing that might interest an audience beyond our therapist? This course will explore the essential elements of creative nonfiction with a focus on structure, voice, narrative, and the ethics of writing about real people.

James Tate Hill is the author of a memoir, Blind Man’s Bluff, coming July 2021 from W. W. Norton. His essays have been listed as Notable in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best American Essays, and he won the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel for Academy Gothic. He serves as fiction editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle and contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. He lives in Greensboro with his wife.

Other features of the NCWN Online Spring Conference 2021 include classes on fiction, poetry, and the business of books, as well as faculty readings, open mics, and an online picnic lunch social hour. Spring Conference is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit