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Susanna Sonnenberg Engaging the Experience: How to Make Sense in Memoir of What Happened in Life Non-Fiction October 28 to November 22, 2019 Number of Participants: 15 Price: $500 Format: 4 Week Asynchronous Workshop

Vivian Gornick says, “Truth in a memoir is achieved not through a recital of actual events; it is achieved when the reader comes to believe that the writer is working hard to engage with the experience at hand.” How do we organize the events of a life to tell a story? How does the story become a work of art? We will work hard to identify each writer’s core theme and shape a narrative governed by that theme.

You may already have an idea, sections, or a whole manuscript. Wherever you are in the difficult process of writing memoir, this workshop will provide you with some organizing principles to help you move forward.


Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of two memoirs, Her Last Death and She Matters: A Life in Friendships, both New York Times bestsellers. She has been on the summer faculty of the Fine Arts Work Center since 2017. She lives in Missoula, Montana, where she teaches online and hikes with her dog Mazie.

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