Whether we’re writing memoir or fiction, we are always aiming for a story that feels true. How do we convey characters and situations in a way that is believable, fresh, and compelling? How do we free ourselves from what we think we’re supposed to be writing, and head for the sometimes scary – and always far more interesting – territory of messy experience and complex emotion? In this generative workshop, we will look at different techniques used by writers, and we’ll work from prompts suggested by our own lives and experiences, all with the goal of finding rich new resources to draw on for future work.
Please have with you a notebook, and a few photographs of personal significance.
Meets: 2pm-4pm EST
Joan Wickersham's The News from Spain was named one of the year’s best fiction picks by National Public Radio, Kirkus, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her memoir The Suicide Index was a National Book award finalist. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications, and she is a regular op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe. She has taught at Harvard, Emerson, UMass Boston, and Bennington. Her work in progress, Conversations with a Shipwreck, is currently available through Scandinavia House NYC in an online exhibition created with photographer Adam Davies. http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/conversations_with_a_shipwreck/