Many Faces of ‘I’

magazine writer slated for craft talk on creative nonfiction

Julie Quinn |

Creative nonfiction writer Barrett Swanson will be sharing the many guises the first-person persona takes in longform journalism in the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and L.E. Phillips Memorial Library’s upcoming event, “The Many Faces Of The I: First-Person Personas in Journalism.”

The event will take place virtually on Facebook Live on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7-8pm. Swanson will use his cover stories previously featured in Harper’s Magazine to discuss the role of first-person in journalistic writing.

His work is also featured in The New Yorker and The Paris Review. “This craft talk will not only be of interest to creative writers and writers of nonfiction and journalism, but also readers of narrative nonfiction,” says BJ Hollars, executive director of CVWG. “Subscribers to... magazines that champion longform journalism will, ideally, appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at how these pieces are researched and written.”

More information about the event can be found at and on their Facebook page.