Self-Researching as a Memoirist
How can a memoirist build vibrant scenes from foggy memories? What makes a personal essay draft feel flat? In this class, writers will complete generative challenges intended to help them recover material from previous periods of their lives. They'll learn strategies for turning this material into rich, riveting prose. They'll also spend time reckoning with the meaning of their experiences, practicing alchemizing what may have been unconscious into powerful story. Writers will generate one essay for feedback from their peers.
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Katherine E. Standefer
Katherine Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life (Little, Brown Spark 2020), which was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction, an NYT Book Review Editor’s Choice, and shortlisted for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Lightning Flowers was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, on the goop podcast, and in O, The Oprah Magazine, and People Magazine. Standefer earned her MFA at the University of Arizona. Her writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. Standefer was a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge. She currently lives in the Tetons.
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