Express Yourself

How to Write About Your Loved Ones Without Pissing Them Off

Few people like seeing themselves on the page, even if the portrayal is accurate

Eileen Pollack
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readNov 27, 2019

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Illustration: Lulu Jiang

Welcome to The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA Program. We’re here to answer your questions

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Eileen Pollack
Human Parts

Eileen is the author, most recently, of Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman