You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: The Rise of Creative Non-fiction

Creative non-fiction can be difficult to define, but the genre’s flexibility allows writers to incorporate personal presence and self-discovery in uniquely compelling ways—which is probably why the genre has become the fastest-growing in the industry. Through works of explicit memoir, fresh humour, and chronicles of culturally relevant journeys, Alicia Tobin, Helen Knott, Cheryl Thompson, and Annahid Dashtgard will show us how the power of the personal has become a valuable asset in today’s publishing world. Moderated by Hannah McGregor.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: NEC/FRI-2
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Friday, March 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2020

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Alicia Tobin is a comedian and writer living and working in Vancouver. She is the co-host of two popular podcasts, Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! and the creator of Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me.

Annahid Dashtgard is a speaker, activist and co-founder of Anima Leadership, an international consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion.

Cheryl Thompson, Ryerson University Assistant Professor, School of Creative Industries, is author of Beauty in a Box: Detangling the Roots of Canada’s Black Beauty Culture.

Hannah McGregor is an Assistant Professor of Publishing at Simon Fraser University and the host of Secret Feminist Agenda, a podcast about the mundane and radical ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives.

Helen Knott is a Dane Zaa, nehiyaw and mixed Euro woman who released her debut memoir, In My Own Moccasins in the fall of 2019.