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All Levels | 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 Patricia Hampl, David Sedaris, Tim O’Brien, and John D’Agata; and we’ll use writing exercises to help you begin your own personal writing project.
Susan V. Meyers has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Seattle University. Her fiction and nonfiction have been supported by grants from the Fulbright foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, as well as several artists residencies. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel and the Fiction Attic Press Award for a First Novel, and it was a finalist for the New American Fiction Award. Other work has recently appeared in Per Contra, Calyx, Dogwood, The Portland Review, and The Minnesota Review, and it has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.