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Brainstorm, craft, revise and share your short prose with a visiting author.
Writing from Personal Experience invites writers to brainstorm, craft, revise, and share short prose narratives based on their own lives and memories. The workshop will start with the reading and discussion of exemplary personal narratives by published writers like Lucy Grealy, Joan Didion, and George Orwell. Participants will tell one story from their own lives in prose, then experiment with various craft techniques (characterization, atmosphere, and retrospective reflection) to bring the episode to life. A peer-exchange workshop will help writers apply an editorial eye to their own work. In addition to introducing participants to nonfictional craft, class discussions will take into account the challenges particular to the personal narrative, both technical and philosophical: the restraint that memory imposes on retrospective writing, the blurry lines between fiction and non in memoir, how to locate a singular story within a larger “situation,” and the joy that comes with locating one’s unique narrative voice.