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Your life—everyone’s life—is an unending, overwhelming flow of events and feelings and memories and experiences. In this class, we’ll explore strategies for narrowing and selecting our material. Through in-class critique, writing exercises, and studying examples of the form, we’ll also explore building blocks of memoir: scene, character, and dialogue.
Claire Dederer’s bestselling memoir, Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, came out in January 2011 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux and was published in the UK by Bloomsbury. Poser has been translated into 11 languages. Claire is a longtime contributor to The New York Times. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, The Nation, New York, Yoga Journal, Slate and Salon, and in newspapers across the country. Her writing has encompassed criticism, reporting, and the personal essay. Claire’s essays have appeared in the anthologies Money Changes Everything (edited by Elissa Schappell and Jenny Offill) and Heavy Rotation (edited by Peter Terzian).