tanwi nandini islam

Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize // Finalist for the Edmund White LGBTQ Debut Fiction Award // First Novel in First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray's Gracie Book Club

BinderCon NYC : Sexual Assault in Fiction Panel


  • Cooper Union 30 Cooper Square New York, NY, 10003 United States

PANEL TIMES TBA!

Sexual Assault in Fiction
Tanwi Nandini Islam (author of Bright Lines), Helen Benedict (author of Sand Queen and The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq)

Works of fiction have the power to explore the topic of sexual assault in a way no journalistic work can, bringing nuance and emotion to a painful and all too common experience. Yet too often, creators treat sexual assault in as a cheap way to create backstory and character depth, or, worse yet, as a way to make their work seem edgy. How can we explore this sensitive, and often traumatic, topic in a way that raises awareness and supports survivors – rather than exploiting their pain and suffering for shock value?