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Saturday, October 13 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
BBF Unbound: Telling Your Personal Story in a Time of Crisis

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In the #MeToo era, how do you decide whether you have a personal story worth sharing? Once you’re ready, how do you go about getting it out into the world, whether under your own byline or as a source for a reporter? Two expert storytellers and advocates--Jaclyn Friedman and Lesley Kinzel--will get into the ethics of personal sharing in the public sphere. We’ll talk upsides, pitfalls, tips for maximizing impact, advice for making your story friendly to journalists without selling out your truth, and strategies for weathering the inevitable blowback when you go viral. We’ll also zoom out to talk about the history and gender politics of the personal essay, and push back on the idea that women’s first-person narratives are disposable, self-indulgent, and unreliable. If you’ve got a story to tell, there’s never been a more important moment for it.

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Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator and activist, and creator of three books: Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009), What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety,and... Read More →
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Lesley Kinzel

Lesley Kinzel spent five years as an editor and writer at xoJane.com, a women's media publication that predicated the height of the so-called "personal essay bubble." She has been a body acceptance advocate for twenty years and is also the author of a memoir, Two Whole Cakes.Buy?... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA