Meeting A Hero


Capture, Lee Gutkind



I think every profession has a hero or two. This coming week I am going to meet one of mine! Lee Gutkind, “recognized by Vanity Fair as the Godfather behind creative nonfiction, is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, and editor of more than 25 books.” His new book, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, is described by Susan Orlean, as the “essential and definitive guide to creative nonfiction . . . engaging, useful, indispensable and inspiring.” I’ve read his work for years. I’ve watched him on youtube. (Tons of great interviews and lectures by Mr. Gutkind) And next week I get to meet him!



The event is the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Conference, Pittsburgh, May 22 – 24. 

SO: I’ll not only get to meet Mr. Gutkind, but I’m also participating in the conference, speaking on a panel, and doing a Story Slam. My book will be on the “participating author’s table.” I’m really so astounded, happy, and excited to go and soak it all in. Besides, I get to stay in a great hotel and have four days in Pittsburgh! What’s not to love?

In preparation for the conference each participating writer was asked to do a Q&A. Creative Nonfiction magazine posted it and I must say they asked some great questions.

Read the whole Q&A:  Here’s a sample of a few of the questions. 

Your background is in medicine; how did you make the transition from RN to writer?

Did your memoir call out to be written down, or was it something you always planned on writing? 

What advice would you give to writers who are ready to publish? To what extent do you incorporate research into your first-person narratives? 

How do you handle rejection in your writing life?

 16 Writers  : Here’s a list of the writers who will be speaking, discussing, hanging out. 

Schedule:  Friday 9 a.m. through Sunday afternoon.

Since the press that published my book, Autumn House Press, is located in Pittsburgh (!) I will also be doing an Autumn House reading event. Guess that means I need to do another blog! Guess that means Pittsburgh is going to be a whole lot of fun!



Jill Kandel
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