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All Levels | A recent New York Times article refers to a new wave of memoirs drawing on the intimate. While intimacy of voice in narrative nonfiction is not new, readers continue to seek deep human connection through books. Together, we will read excerpts of writers who hold their readers close, including Sarah Manguso, Warsan Shire, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Through close readings, free-writing, and analysis of craft, participants will experiment with technique for a new or existing project.
Sarah Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). Her essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, and in the Chicago Review of Books. You can learn more about her at SarahTownsendWriter.com.