A Story That Happens

A Story That Happens

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by Dan O'Brien

Drawing on O’Brien’s experience of cancer and of childhood abuse, and on his ongoing collaboration with a war reporter, the four essays in A Story that Happens—first written as craft lectures for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the US Air Force Academy—offer hard-won insights into what stories are for and the reasons why, "afraid and hopeful," we begin to tell them.

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Praise for Dan O’Brien’s A Story That Happens

“A master class in surviving through art.” – Margaret Gray, The Los Angeles Times

“Powerful . . . This is a book for our times.” – Alice Jolly, Times Literary Supplement

“A quiet revelation.” – Caridad Svich, Contemporary Theatre Review

Biographical Information

Dan O’Brien is a playwright, poet, and nonfiction writer. His recognition includes a Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama, two PEN America Awards for Playwriting, and the UK’s Fenton Aldeburgh Poetry Prize. He lives in Los Angeles.