Making Art Out of Memory: A Memoir Workshop
This workshop is part of Creative Nonfiction Week.
This class will explore, through various memoir excerpts, the ways in which writers have raised the genre to new heights. We will also explore, through poetry and fiction, techniques memoirists can use to enrich narrative nonfiction. We will discuss how order and narrative distance can be adjusted to produce stronger sentences and deeper insight into the human condition. This class will be a combination of workshop, generative exercises, and discussion.
Garrard Conley's first book, Boy Erased: a memoir (Penguin 2016) was a top Oprah.com, Buzzfeed, and L.A. Times nonfiction read and is soon to be a major motion picture from Focus Features (September 2018). His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in TIME, VICE, Virginia Quarterly Review, CNN, and elsewhere. He has been a Bread Loaf and Sewanee scholar and currently teaches the Memoir Incubator program at Grub Street in Boston. His first novel is forthcoming from Riverhead/Penguin. He lives with his husband in Brooklyn.