Writing of Witness
Writing of Witness expands first-person narrative onto the larger canvas of the issues that connect individuals to their surroundings. Through shorter magazine pieces or book-length projects, participants in these mirror image master classes take their writing from singular to plural by finding the connective tissue that makes their work come alive.
Working with award-winning writers Elizabeth Rosner and Sandra Lorenzano, the Writing of Witness program is a sister to our investigative journalism program. Taken as a whole, our masterclasses in literary non-fiction and journalism embody our core commitment to truth-telling and freedom of expression.
As part of a growing network of solidarity among writers, Under the Volcano especially encourages risk-taking candidates with intrepid projects to apply.
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A native of Schenectady, New York, Liz Rosner is a novelist, poet and essayist who lives in Berkeley, California. Her novels include The Speed of Light, Blue Nude and Electric City. Her first book of non-fiction, Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, published in September 2017, was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and in the New York Times and was named one of the best books of 2017 by the San Francisco Chronicle. She is currently working on a new project, Third Ear: How Deep Listening (Re)Connects Us, about listening.
Nacida en Buenos Aires, Sandra Lorenzano se considera así misma “argen-mex”; ha vivido en México desde 1975, producto del exilio. Novelista, poeta y colaboradora frecuente de diversos medios periodísticos, posee un PhD en literatura por la UNAM y ha sido miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores y del Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Arte. Actualmente, Lorenzano es Directora de Cultura y Comunicación Social de la Coordinación Universitaria para la Igualdad de Género, y coordinadora de “Cultura y Migración”, un proyecto internacional de la UNAM, la UNESCO y la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Escribe una columna semanal para la plataforma digital Sin Embargo.
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Memory as Witness
Insights on writing from faculty members Liz Rosner and Sandra Lorenzano