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Welcome to a journey to non-fiction with Cathleen Miller

The world-famous American non-fiction author visits Jyväskylä in February.


Cathleen Miller has been travelling all around the world and tells in her books the stories of varying people and places. She has interviewed, for example, heads of states and midwives in the mountains of East Timor. She has been cruising St. Petersburg in a winnebago to interview prostitutes, and running down a Brazilian mountain at midnight fleeing bandits.

And now she is coming to Jyväskylä.

Cathleen Miller is perhaps known best for her international bestseller Desert Flower. It tells about a poor Somali girl’s, Waris Dirie, course of life into an international top model and UN Goodwill Ambassador. In her book Miller uses storytelling as a rhetorical means: an individual’s experiences reflect the larger world order.

Now you have a chance to come and hear about non-fiction and its writing as described by Cathleen Miller herself! Miller will give a public lecture titled “NONFICTION FOR ADVOCACY” at the University of Jyväskylä, Historica building, on Wednesday, 27 February.

After this the evening will continue at Kirjailijatalo, where Miller will read aloud some extracts from her works.

Welcome to get inspired!

Event details:

NONFICTION FOR ADVOCACY: Writers can and do change the world. Cathleen Miller will discuss her techniques for persuasion
27 February 2019 at 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Historica building, room H320 (Seminaarinkatu 15)

BEHIND THE SCENES: Cathleen Miller discusses her work in reporting and writing creative nonfiction
27 February 2019 at 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Kirjailijatalo (Seminaarinkatu 26 B)

Cathleen Miller’s workshop on Nonfiction and Personal essay
25–28 February starting at 4:15 p.m.
More specific information about the workshop: risto.niemi-pynttari@jyu.fi

Further information:

Risto Niemi-Pynttäri
050 343 5837