Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea

The ninth annual Creative Nonfiction Week offers readings and discussions with writers and Columbia College faculty and students. Unless otherwise noted, events take place at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, eighth floor; all are free and open to the public. For more info call 312-369-7611 or see —Jerome Ludwig

Bring the Reader In: Fiction Techniques in Nonfiction Panel discussion with fiction-writing professors emeriti John Schultz and Betty Shiflett, literary agent Michele Rubin, alumnus Arnie Bernstein (Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing) and alumnus/faculty member Kathie Bergquist, who’s written four bios of pop stars for teens. 11:30 AM

Student readings 3:30 PM

Luis Alberto Urrea Reading/discussion with the UIC professor, novelist, and nonfiction author (The Devil’s Highway, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Into the Beautiful North). 6:30 PM

Words + Music Panel discussion with Time Out Chicago music editor Brian DiCrescenzo, Chicago Sun-Times arts editor Laura Emerick, Chicago Now blogger Max G., faculty member/author Sam Weller (The Bradbury Chronicles), and memoirist and former Zuzu’s Petals front woman Laurie Lindeen (Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story).  3:30 PM

Laurie Lindeen Reading/discussion with Lindeen.  6:30 PM

Faculty readings 3:30 PM

Chris Rose The New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist chats with fiction-writing chair Randy Albers. 6:30 PM

The Lost Origins of the Essay Panel discussion with essayist John D’Agata (author of Halls of Fame and editor of The Next American Essay and The Lost Origins of the Essay) and faculty members David Lazar and Jenny Boully.  3:30 PM

John D’Agata Reading/discussion with D’Agata.  6:30 PM, Ferguson Auditorium, 600 S. Michigan

South Loop Review Readings/reception for the student-edited creative nonfiction journal.  3:30 PM, Hokin Gallery, 623 S. Wabash