Writers like Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz, and Gish Jen have been wildly popular due to their brilliant abilities to document their cultural experiences while ensuring a firm narrative thread through their work that transcends culture alone. How, as writers, do we infuse our stories with the authenticity of culture without overdoing the ethnic elements of our work? How do we bring to the fore our thoughts on our backgrounds and experiences — from race-related ones to sexuality-related ones and beyond — while keeping our stories true, assured, and thought-provoking? Then, on the flip side, what about “ethnic” stories rings true to editors who specialize in publishing them?
Join a lively discussion of these questions at Grub Street, and enjoy food, drink, and mingling with old and new writer friends.
Instructors: Jennifer De Leon, Celeste Ng, Pablo Medina, Adam Stumacher
Level: For everyone
Max Capacity: 50