Telling One Story to Tell Another
All Levels | Whether you are working on a memoir or a long essay, this class will help you find a fresh way to frame your narrative. Like a Rothko painting with several bands of color, your book or essay can possess more than one story and resonate beyond your original intention. We will cover braiding, urgency, and narrative delay. This course is for anyone struggling with structure. Each participant will leave with a new draft of a chapter or essay.
A chapter of Christine Hemp’s memoir, Wild Ride Home, was recently published in the New York Times. Her poems and essays have also appeared in Salon.com, Iowa Review, Psychology Today and on NPR. She believes that to write well, we must live well, not in terms of "professional success” or achieving the “perfect” essay. story, or poem, but in how we embrace the unfamiliar , the uncomfortable, and the ecstatic. Only then can we offer our readers the truths they thirst for.