Whether we’re writing memoir or fiction, we are always aiming for a story that feels true. How do we convey characters and situations in a way that is believable, fresh, and compelling? How do we free ourselves from what we think we’re supposed to be writing, and head for the sometimes scary – and always far more interesting – territory of messy experience and complex emotion? In this generative workshop, we will look at different techniques used by writers, and we’ll work from prompts suggested by our own lives and experiences, all with the goal of finding rich new resources to draw on for future work.
Please have with you a notebook, and a few photographs of personal significance.
Meets: 2pm-4pm EST
Joan Wickersham is the author of The Suicide Index, a National Book Award finalist, and The News from Spain. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in many publications, including The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She writes a regular op-ed column for The Boston Globe. Wickersham has taught fiction and memoir at Harvard, Emerson, UMass Boston, and the Bennington Writing Seminars.