Engaging the Experience: Making Meaning in Memoir

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Susanna Sonnenberg
Week 5: July 5 to July 10
ORIENTATION: July 5, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 6-10, 9am-12pm
Discipline: Nonfiction/Memoir
Open to All

On-site Housing Not Available
Workshop Description 

How do we turn “what happened” into a story? How do we shift through the sheer wealth of anecdote in a lived life and give it narrative purpose? Is “the truth” enough? In a confidential environment, we will examine what makes a story. This is a vigorous memoir workshop in which we devote laser focus to the tools and techniques of good writing in the service of the story. Students should expect to write frequently in class and to complete daily writing assignments, as well as to read their colleagues’ work closely.


Please submit a memoir excerpt no longer than 1,500 words to Dawn Walsh at dwalsh@fawc.org by June 26.



Susanna Sonnenberg is the author of the best-selling memoirs Her Last Death and She Matters: A Life in Friendships, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice.  Her creative personal nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Foundation, and the Corporation of Yaddo, among many others, Sonnenberg lives in Missoula, Montana.