Picture if you will a café in Paris, with seven chairs filled with seven writers. There are cups of espresso or frothy café au laits and perhaps a pastry or two on the table. Best of all, there’s a swirl of conversation. What are the writers discussing? Why, literature, of course! The latest book they’ve all read. Opinions fly back and forth.
We’ve re-created the Paris café conversation here at the Memoir Writers’ Book Club. In each weekly session, we will read like writers, closely examining a text, asking ourselves why the writer made the choices she or he made.
Each term, we will examine different aspects of memoir , including the elements of good storytelling that the genre has in common, as well as the elements that are particular to that genre. In class, we will have a short writing session to review and reinforce techniques, themes, or subjects that we’ve discovered in the assigned pieces.
Readings will not exceed xx words and will be distributed at the beginning of the semester.
Christine Pakkala’s personal essays have been published in Salon, Brain,Child, The Seventh Wave, and Serendipity. Her essay, “My Vacation Nightmare” was the winner of a nationwide magazine contest, and her essay, “Some Trees” was the winner of a Westport Arts Center writing contest. Christine is the author of the Last-but-not-Least Lola series for children and the novel Jasmine and Maddie for tweens.
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
6 Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23