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Ethical Approaches to Memoir
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
12:00 pm PDT / 1:00 pm MDT, CST / 2:00 pm CDT / 3:00 pm EDT / 4:00 pm ADT / 4:30 pm NDT
60 minutes
Closed captioning available

Registration: Free, open to TWUC members only

> This webinar is exclusively for TWUC members. Click here to access registration (member login required).

What is “your story” and how can you best tell it? These are questions all memoir writers face, particularly when your story overlaps with other people’s lives. Join Jenny Heijun Wills, award-winning author of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related, for a discussion about her own process exploring her story through different genres – from scholarly research to poems to fiction – before landing on memoir. Through presentation and in discussion with award-winning nonfiction writer Kamal Al-Solaylee, Jenny will cover the ways that research, facts, and ethics informed her approach. This webinar runs 60 minutes and includes a Q&A period.

TWUC members who are unable to attend will have access to a recording of the webinar for a limited time.

Photo of Jenny Heijun Wills

Jenny Heijun Wills is the author of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related (McClelland & Stewart, Penguin Random House Canada). It won the 2019 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction prize and the 2020 Eileen McTavish Sykes Best First Book Prize. It was a 2019 Globe & Mail Best Book, a 2019 CBC Best in Canadian Nonfiction, and was named one of the 10 best Manitoban-authored books of the last decade by the Winnipeg Free Press. She is also co-editor of Adoption & Multiculturalism: Europe, The Americas, and the Pacific (University of Michigan Press, 2020). She is Chancellor’s Research Chair at the University of Winnipeg where she also is associate professor of English. She is writing two novels. 

Photo of Kamal Al-Solaylee
Photo: Gary Gould

Kamal Al-Solaylee, a professor of journalism at Ryerson University, is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award and was a finalist for the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction. His latest book, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone), was hailed as "brilliant" by The Walrus magazine and "essential reading" by The Globe and Mail. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction and the Trillium Book Award, and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. He was previously a theatre critic at The Globe and Mail and has written reviews and features on arts and politics for all major Canadian publications, including Toronto StarNational PostThe WalrusToronto LifeQuill & Quire, and Literary Review of Canada.  

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