AuthorCast #25 - Jack Harrell June 10 2016
An interview with Jack Harrell, author of Writing Ourselves: Essays on Creativity, Craft, and Mormonism.
Continuing a conversation as old as Mormonism itself, Jack Harrell explores the relationship between Mormonism and the writer. Mormons see the universe in mythic proportions. Their God is a creator, their devil a destroyer. This makes meaningful conflict fundamental to their worldview, and begs the terms for religious redemption, as well as the redemptive power of art. Harrell urges writers to be authentic as they embrace the difficulties inherent in the creative process. His essays blend faithful intellectual inquiry, personal narrative, research, and application to offer insights for anyone who cares about writing, creativity, and the human condition.
“A thought-provoking, inspiring, and beautifully written book.” — Margaret Blair Young, creative writing faculty at Brigham Young University, and co-author of the Standing on the Promises series
“If you care about Mormonism and good writing and the moral implications of fiction, you need to add this book to your library.” — Eric Samuelsen, playwright and former president of the Association for Mormon Letters
Preview the volume here.
**Join us for a special panel event at Writ & Vision on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. with Jack Harrell, Boyd Peterson, Darlene Young, and Eric Samuelsen discussing creativity, expresion, and a "Mormon literary theory." The event is free and light refreshments will be served.**