"The Writing Life: What's Faith Got to Do with It?" - A panel discussion on November 12, 2011, sponsored by Commonweal Magazine and co-sponsored by New York University's Creative Writing Program.

Panelists: Paul Elie, senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own, a prizewinning group portrait of four American Catholic writers; Alice McDermott, author of six novels, including the 1998 National Book Award-winner, Charming Billy, and a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist; Valerie Sayers, chair of the English Department at the University of Notre Dame and author of five novels, including Who Do You Love and Brain Fever. Moderator: Rand Richards Cooper, reviewer and essayist for Commonweal for over a decade, author of a novel, The Last to Go, and a story collection, Big As Life.

The panel took place at New York University's Hemmerdinger Hall. It was introduced by Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal.

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