Bearing Witness: Raising Awareness and Promoting Justice Through Nonfiction

Instructor: David Griffith
ate: Sunday, August 4
Time:  1–4 p.m.
Location: IWC
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

Join essayist Dave Griffith author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America, for a masterclass on how writing about the issues and injustices right outside our front door can promote justice and disrupt cycles of violence and neglect.

Participants will reflect on excerpts from the work of James Baldwin, Sister Helen Prejean (author of Dead Man Walking), and Eula Biss, among others, as examples of how writers transform anger, fear, and grief into work that promotes change.

Dave Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America, a collection of essays reflecting on how images of violence in film, literature, and in news media shape our collective understanding of violence as a means of solving problems. Widely and favorably reviewed--most notably in The New York Times--Time Out Chicago called it “... a massively forceful piece of criticism.” His essays and reviews have appeared in the Utne Reader, The Normal School, Image, and Creative Nonfiction, and on-line at Killing the Buddha, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Paris Review.

Griffith has taught English and Creative Writing as a professor and invited lecturer at colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Pittsburgh, Sweet Briar College, Saint Mary's College, and the University of Notre Dame, among many others. Formerly the Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, and Director of Creative Writing at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, Griffith has twenty years experience working with gifted and differently abled writers. He currently serves as Assistant Advising Professor at the University of Notre Dame and runs "Write Differently" a bi-monthly workshop for young writers on the autism spectrum.

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