A Tribute to Sensory Details and Self Care

July 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This craft talk will focus on writing strategies that engage readers. A whiff of fresh bread, the feeling of a shoe stuck in gum, the sound of skiers carving snow—if you can access memories and feelings via the five senses, readers will care about your world and come along for the ride. But what toll does immersive writing take on us when some of the events we portray involve dramatic and/or traumatic memories? Let’s talk about the self-respect and love that goes into writing close-to-the-bone plotlines! Examples for this talk will include fiction and nonfiction prose. 

About the Speaker

Deborah Taffa
Deborah Taffa

Deborah is the director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Deborah Taffa is the Director of the MFA CW at IAIA in Santa Fe, NM. Winner of the PEN Jean Stein Grant, her memoir Whiskey Tender is forthcoming from HARPERCOLLINS HARPER in 2023. A Public Space, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Tin House, & Kranzberg Fellow, she’s from the Quechan Nation and Laguna Pueblo, and earned her nonfiction MFA in Iowa City, IA.