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The Business of Brutality: Slavery and the Foundations of Capitalism

Look around. How much of our infrastructure—from roads and bridges to factories and food supplies—was built on the backs of American slaves? Three writer-researchers examine how the brutal history of slavery laid the foundation of American…
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San Francisco State University MFA Program Presents: Who's Got The Power?

Let's talk about power: who has it, how it flows, and how it shapes the stories we write in overt and hidden ways. What kind of universes do we build for our characters to live in? What decides the agency, authority, and control they claim or…
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Courage in Publishing in an Age of Political Polarization

This roundtable brings together some of the leading lights in publishing to discuss the industry and the state of literature. Kwame Anthony Appiah is the weekly Ethicist columnist for The New York Times and author of "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking…
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A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity, and Craft

To write race and ethnicity well, we need the right tools and the right reading list. Building multidimensional worlds that don't rely on assumptions or defaults takes practice (and guts). Fortunately, master memoirist and creative writing instructor…
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FESTIVAL KEYNOTE
Enough Is Enough: Fighting Economic Injustice

Each year, the Festival Keynote presents a fearless writer you simply must hear, someone who brings insight on a topic that concerns us all. This year, that topic is economic injustice, and the writer is Anand Giridharadas, author of "Winners…
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Prophet of Freedom: Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was arguably the most important African American of the nineteenth century, an escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era. Come hear from David Blight,…
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Writing The Hard Stuff

Tapping a vein is tough work, especially when writing a book means confronting the demons of one's past. These three recently published She Writes Press authors share the myriad challenges of writing memoirs about pain and share tips on how…