Vol. 11: Writing to Find Meaning
In the lead up to last year's Muse and the Marketplace conference, we produced a series that explored the experience of working in a dominantly white industry as a person of color. This year, we're kicking off the #Muse17 conversation with another timely topic. In the face of a challenging political climate and amid reports that the NEA and other cultural programs face significant spending cuts and may be slashed altogether, we asked authors, agents, and editors presenting at the conference: What is a writer for? Why is now an important time to advocate for the writer's -- and literature's -- role in society?
A writer's job is to show themselves in ways that show us ourselves and others at once. A writer is for empathy.
Life can sometimes feel confusing and overwhelmingly complicated. Stories help us to find meaning in this complexity, to empathize with others and fuel our dreams, and can turn what seems like a mess of random details into a moving experience. When the world is going wrong, stories can give us insight into what the problems are and grant us hope for better outcomes. They speak the truths we are afraid to speak in our own lives, show us we are not alone, and provide a much needed escape from our troubles. Stories entertain us but also give us the tools to understand both ourselves and that seemingly indefinable thing called life. Writers tell us these stories. We need them more than ever now.
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