(May 18) WRITING ACROSS BORDERS: The National Writers Union 2nd Annual International Writers Conference

March 5, 2014

The National Writers Union 2nd Annual International Writers Conference

The National Writers Union invites you to take part in the 2nd annual International Writers Conference, WRITING ACROSS BORDERS, Sunday, May 18, 2014, to be held at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St., Manhattan on the lower east side.

Writers from around the world living in the greater New York area will discuss writing about migration, identity and justice for immigrants. We are inviting young undocumented authors who write about their experiences as “illegals.” We are bringing together comics to talk about how a joke’s meaning changes when told across ethnic or religious boundaries. And we are celebrating the creativity, passion, and courage of writers who cross borders in their quest for justice and a fruitful life.  

Authors will have opportunities to sign and sell their books following their panel discussions. The day will end with a cocktail party and celebration of writers who forge their identities across borders and in new cultures.  

Panels & concurrent workshops include:

Opening plenary: Writing Across Borders: Migration, IDentity and Social  Justice for Immigrants.

Concurrent Workshops:

Writing as Activism: Ninotchka Rosca will moderate this discussion of writers who work for social justice and change.

Writing Under the Radar: Lindsay Curcio will moderate this discussion of undocumented writers writing and fighting for justice.

Laughing Across Borders: Writers from differing countries and ethnicities will discuss how humor translates – or doesn’t – when it crosses borders.

The Language of Migration: A discussion about the challenges of translating experiences and ideas from one language and culture to another.

Journalists In Danger: A discussion by journalists who report on regions that put them in jeopardy, including incarceration, torture and death.

Luncheon Presentation: Afghan Women Writers: Video readings from Kabul (local Afghanistan video feed permitting)

CONCLUDING PLENARY: Who Can Say I’m Illegal? Undocumented Migrants Tell Their Stories.

Cocktails, networking, visit book tables

Videos of last year’s conference are available at: www.nwuny.org

Please contact Tim Sheard, Chairman, NY Chapter NWU at: sheard2001@remove-this.gmail.com