Compose Creative Writing Conference

Connect and create with practicing writers and publishers at Clackamas Community College's annual Compose Creative Writing Conference, hosted by CCC's English Department.

Compose 2023


Conference Keynote: Eli Saslow on rising out of hatred


Author headshot of Eli SaslowThis year's conference features a keynote address from Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist." Saslow's book charts the rise of white nationalism through the experiences of one person who abandoned everything he was taught to believe.

National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi says of the book, “The story of Derek Black is the human being at his gutsy, self-reflecting, revolutionary best, told by one of America’s best storytellers at his very best. 'Rising Out of Hatred' proclaims if the successor to the white nationalist movement can forsake his ideological upbringing, can rebirth himself in antiracism, then we can too no matter the personal cost. This book is an inspiration.”  



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