Toxic and negative discourse can plague social media, but for Margaret Atwood decades as a writer in the public eye has helped steel her to criticism.
“I once got a hate letter from somebody who objected to how much I laughed on a radio show. You’re going to get criticism for stuff you do from somebody, no matter what it is,” the CanLit icon noted in Toronto Tuesday.
“The thing I say to young writers is: ‘Not everybody is going to like you or your book, so toughen up because that is going to happen.”
The award-winning author and activist shared the stage Tuesday afternoon with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey at an hourlong discussion moderated by TVO broadcaster Nam Kiwanuka.
When faced with criticism on social media, Atwood said she considers several questions.