online event; open to the public and all mentees & mentors
At Friday Night Salons, a special guest artist shares their personal and professional journey and guides us through a series of inspirational writing prompts.
Have you ever told a lie or have secrets no one knows about? Maybe you’re holding onto something you want to confess? Join Qian Julie Wang, the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Country, shares her personal narrative of being a Chinese immigrant as she leads us through the challenging process of writing a memoir—protecting those you love while telling your authentic story.
Qian Julie Wang is a New York Times bestselling author and civil rights litigator. Her literary memoir, Beautiful Country, covers the years she and her parents spent living in undocumented status, grappling with hunger, poverty, and hope in New York City in the 1990s. Qian Julie wrote the book on her daily subway commute while making partner as a commercial litigator at a national law firm. The book debuted at number 3 on the New York Times bestsellers list and has been deemed “a new classic” by critics. A graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College, Qian Julie is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advancing the education, disability, and civil rights of marginalized communities. Qian Julie has appeared on the TODAY Show and NPR Weekend Edition, and her writing has been, or is forthcoming, in major publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and The Cut. Currently at work on a novel, Qian Julie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Salty and Peppers.