Writing in the literary journal Triquartelry, Laurie Hertzel explains that “[w]riting honestly about loved ones — specifically, writing about family — is one of the trickiest aspects of memoir writing, perhaps trickier even than recalling events accurately or finding the arc of our own story.” So much of the writing nonfiction writers do is, to some extent, about family. As memoirists and essayists writing about childhood or our own children, family secrets, or even seemingly ordinary life, we must grapple with the trickiness Hertzel describes. In this seven week workshop open to writers at all stages, we’ll talk about these ethical, emotional, and logistical questions, discuss elements of nonfiction craft, and do some brief generative writing exercises. In addition, each writer will have the chance to submit up to 15 pages for feedback.
Online via ZOOM
7 Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm
April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
LIMITED TO 8 STUDENTS
For more info, call 203.227.3250 or email info@WestportWriters.org