Note: This session is cancelled, but we're working with Ruth to turn this into a webinar for sometime during the fall. Thank you for understanding.
Writing about religion presents a special set of challenges. Whether writing about your own faith or another's, compelling writing requires a high level of objectivity and self-awareness. The writer must know the literal and symbolic language of a religion, its basic beliefs and terminology. Finding accurate sources is key. This session will focus on what writer Peter Manseau calls “elevating empathy over agreement.” Attendees will read and discuss some excellent examples of getting it right such as Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker piece "Sacred and Profane" and "Upon This Rock" by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
Ruth Nasrullah is a freelance journalist based in Houston. Over the past 16 years she has covered a range of subjects, with religion and politics being chief among them. She took a brief break from journalism in 2014 to serve as communications lead for a civil rights organization, and upon...