SXSW 2018 or Bust

SXSW 2018 or Bust—Write Right

Friends, family, countrymen, lend me your ears. Hmm. Wait. That’s not quite right. I’m not in a Shakespeare play. However, I still ask you to lend me your ears because I need your help to return to SXSW.

I have two sessions in need of your votes. One will be a solo presentation. The other will be a panel discussion. The descriptions for both follow below.

How Art Invites Us to Look, Wonder, and Converse

Solo Presentation

Keats once said, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” and he may have a point—at least if we define beauty, or art, as something more than cosmetic or uplifting. If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, then beauty encompasses light and dark, good and evil, negative and positive. Such art offers opportunities for us to examine our world on both personal and public levels and use it to create safe spaces in which we discuss the subjects that unite and divide us.

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How to Tell Stories When Everyone’s a Storyteller

Panel Discussion

In a desire to tell “authentic” stories, we sometimes feel pressured to say everything in its entirety. However, a tell-all doesn’t necessarily lend itself to authenticity or good storytelling. Panelists Cass Jewell (musician), Joe Porter (photographer), Erin Feldman (writer), and Mason Ballard (pastor) will discuss how editing isn’t at odds with authenticity during their session—in fact, editing could be the very thing that gets us to the truths buried in the details.

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Some Instructions

To show your support for my sessions, you will need to create an account at the SXSW PanelPicker. You can then look for my sessions or use the direct links found in this post.

  1. Sign into or create your account at the PanelPicker.
  2. Vote for How Art Invites Us to Look, Wonder, and Converse.
  3. Vote for How to Tell Stories When Everyone’s a Storyteller.
  4. Share the sessions on social or with an email.

That’s it! Thank you for listening, friends, family, and countrymen. If you have any questions, let me know in a comment below.

Image: sbmeaper1 (Creative Commons)