A workshop designed to deepen your understanding and ability to write creative nonfiction.
How does a wisp of memory become a vibrant, emotionally engaging essay? A series of in-class prompts breaks this transformation into bite-sized tasks, highlighting the craft components available to us as memoirists — from choosing what to write about to developing characters, setting, and dialogue, to theme, structure and organization. Along the way, we’ll discuss the importance of self-implication, the ethics of writing about your family and friends, the uses of both research and imagination in memoir, showing v. telling, voice of innocence v. voice of experience, and other issues. Marion will read an excerpt from her work and will answer questions on these and other topics of interest. Bring laptop or pen and paper — there will be a period of focused writing time and you’ll walk out with the first draft of a short essay.