Speaker and Session Preview: Sarah Einstein & The Collage Essay/Truth in Creative Nonfiction

sarah einsteinWe’re thrilled to welcome award-winning memoirist Sarah Einstein back to HippoCamp. Before we could post this preview, Sarah’s pre-conference workshop, The Collage Essay, sold out. But never fear: She’ll also be part of our Truth in Creative Nonfiction panel and our Night of Nonfiction evening readings.

We caught up with Sarah to learn more about her upcoming role in HippoCamp.

Hippo: We don’t want to give too much away about your contributions to the truth panel, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

Sarah: Readers come to nonfiction in a fundamentally different way than they come to fiction or poetry, and this means we have a different obligation to the reader than our poet or novelist friends, an obligation we don’t fulfill when we knowingly tweak the truth of things in our work.

We know it’s sold out, but tell us who would benefit most from your pre-conference workshop and why.  

My workshop is for anyone who wants to generate new material. For those who want to work in the collage essay, the workshop will generate the framework for most, maybe even all, of a new piece. For those who work more in traditional narrative, each section of the collage we generate could be a seed for its own piece.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Spend time getting to know the other folk. Writing community matters in so many ways, and this is a chance to expand yours.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

I’m looking forward to hearing about all the great, exciting projects that other people are working on. If I were young enough to sleep on someone’s couch in Queens for a year while I did an unpaid internship, I think I’d be an agent. I love other people’s work, and I’m so excited about the innovative things that people are doing in the genre right now.

Since you’re a returning speaker, please share some thoughts on why you’re excited to return for another year.

HippoCamp is exactly the right mix of early and mid-career authors (with a few stars thrown in) to be friendly rather than intimidating, and it’s the right size feel intimate rather than overwhelming.

What’s on your personal conference agenda?

I’m really looking forward to the Agents and Editors panel. I feel like we don’t talk enough about the part of writing that isn’t really about writing, but about getting the work out to readers.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

I’m most excited about seeing friends I made last year again, and making some new ones

Sarah, we’re thrilled to have you involved with HippoCamp in so many ways this year: panelist, reader and workshop leader!