Truth or Fiction?: Writing Life Stories

with Susan Meyers

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay

Online

Introductory

1 Session

Start Date: February 24, 2024
End Date: February 24, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10 pm - 4:10 pm PT
Capacity: 21 seats
Member Price: $89.10
General Price: $99.00

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Writing about real life can be tricky. You may not remember all the details—or, you may want to change information to protect people or make a story more interesting. But how much is okay to change? This class explores memoir and autobiographical fiction to examine how "true" your life stories should be. We'll consult writers like David Sedaris, Melissa Febos, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Carmen Maria Machado; and we'll use writing exercises to help you begin your own writing project.

ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:

  • Work outside of class: No writing or reading outside of class.
  • This class includes:
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.

REGISTRATION DATES: 

  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Susan Meyers

Susan Meyers

she/her/hers

With 25+ years of experience coaching authors and teaching at four top-ranked universities, Susan V. Meyers currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and has been a writer in residence at more than a dozen different arts centers nationally and internationally. Both her nonfiction book on immigration and her circus-centered historical novel, Failing the Trapeze, have won major awards, including the Nilsen Award and grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essays and stories have likewise been nominated for The Best American Series and several Pushcart Prizes and have recently appeared in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Calyx, Hippocampus, and The Minnesota Review. You can find her at susanvmeyers.com

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