Writing Illness

Craft of Writing / L’art de l’écriture
Market Tent D

American writer Meghan O’Rourke states: “The literature of illness remains remarkably impoverished—especially when it comes to describing chronic illness.” The assembled panelists have all crafted full-length works that engage with chronic illness. They will discuss how their own projects — a play written about and in collaboration with people with cystic fibrosis, a novel that grapples with how to narrate the chronic pain of migraine, a graphic memoir about living with cancer, a poetry collection that evokes the disorientation of mental illness — present opportunities for writers to represent an entire realm of human existence that has yet to be fully explored in literature. Moderated by Catherine Bush.

This panel is made possible in part by the generous support of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph.