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Saturday, April 4 • 10:15am - 11:30am
6I: The Rhythm and Structure of Memoir FILLING

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The most engaging memoirs move seamlessly from specific moments to general significance and back again, striking an artful balance between scene, summary and exposition, while serving a larger narrative arc. In this session, we’ll look at excerpts from published memoirs to discover and discuss how authors manage to pull off this feat. Along the way we’ll explore topics including narrative distance, dialogue, transitions, and finding the shape of your memoir. Texts will include When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, The Suicide Index by Joan Wickersham and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.

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Jane Roper

Jane Roper is the author of a memoir, Double Time: How I Survived–and Mostly Thrived–Through the First Three Years of Mothering Twins, and a novel, Eden Lake. Her short stories, essays and humor have appeared in Salon, The Millions, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Cognoscenti, Post... Read More →

Saturday April 4, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Tremont Room - 4th Floor
  Block 6