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CENTER: Writing the pandemic
November 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writing the Pandemic with Mathangi Subramanian. Sunday, November 22, 10 – 12 p.m. Virtual. $25
We are living through extraordinary times. How do we document what we are witnessing, feeling, experiencing, while honoring our strengths, frailties, and imaginations? In this workshop, we will do several cross-genre writing exercises designed to help us make sense of the current moment and our current selves, and to imagine a better future. We will also briefly discuss how pandemics have been documented in the past, and how our voices can contribute to alternative narratives.
Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D., believes stories have the power to change the world. Her middle grades book, Dear Mrs. Naidu, won the South Asia Book Award, and her picture book A Butterfly Smile was inducted into the Nobel Museum by Laureate Dr. Esther Duflo. Her novel A People’s History of Heaven was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and was named a finalist for the LAMBDA literary award and the Valley of Words prize. A former public school teacher, senior policy analyst at the New York City Council, and Fulbright Scholar, she currently consults for Sesame Workshop. She holds a doctorate in education from Columbia Teachers College.