More Questions Than Answers: When Memoir Writing Becomes the Story of the Search
What motivates many memoir writers is not just the yearning to tell their stories, but all the questions they have about their stories. Why this happened, and not that. Why their father immigrated, but his brother didn’t. Why their grandmother wouldn’t talk about her childhood. In this three-hour generative seminar, we’ll learn from writers (such as James McBride, Lisa See, and Dani Shapiro) whose questions have shaped their lives and work. We’ll try out their techniques with three to four in-class prompts.
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Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain), teacher, and documentary filmmaker. Ann has written for 3rd Act Magazine, About Place Journal, The Seattle Times, and other publications, including her award-winning blog, The Restless Nest. She is working on a collection of essays.
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