Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow: How to Tell the Unbearable Story

Truth Is the Arrow, Mercy Is the Bow: How to Tell the Unbearable Story

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Anyone who writes memoir faces a series of internal conflicts: How do I tell the truth about my own story without hurting others who played a role in my story? How do I continue to write when I feel exposed? And (most crucially) how can I be honest while remaining merciful toward those who hurt me? In this OnDemand webinar, we’ll address these questions head-on, and offer concrete advice to anyone who is seeking to write an unbearable story. Or a story that can feel, in particular moments, unbearable. 


Steve Almond is the author of twelve books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. You can check those out here. His recent books include the novel All the Secrets of the World, which has been optioned for television by 20th Century Fox, and William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. For four years, Steve hosted the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed. He is the recipient of a 2022 NEA grant in fiction, and his short stories have been anthologized in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books.

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