When Memory is Not Enough
A memoir writer’s greatest gift is memory: sometimes sharp, often murky. We help it along with research, interviewing, and fact-checking. But sometimes we truly can’t remember something. And there’s nobody left to ask: Did this happen? In this generative seminar, we’ll focus on how to use imagination when memory’s not enough, and how to cue readers that we’re doing so. We’ll study writers who do this well, including Lisa See and Dani Shapiro. There will be multiple opportunities for in-class writing.
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.