A Try at the Truth: Intro to Memoir Writing (with Celia Jeffries) - 6 Weeks
Patricia Hampl says “Memoir is not what happened (if we’re lucky, that’s the best journalism). It is what has happened over time, in the mind as it attends to these tantalizing, dismaying, broken bits of life history. Such personal writing is, as the essay is, ‘an attempt.’ It is a try at the truth. The truth of a self in the world.” In this six-week workshop we will generate new writing, examine masters of the craft, confront the challenges of writing ‘the truth of the self’ and work together in a supportive environment to write and revise a short essay or chapter of a memoir. Later in the course, we will turn to workshopping, and participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on a piece or excerpt from the group and instructor. Open to memoirists of all levels and experiences.
About the Instructor:
CELIA JEFFRIES holds an MA from Brandeis and an MFA from Lesley University. Her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and literary magazines including Westview, Solsticelitmag, and Puerto del Sol, as well as the anthology Beyond the Yellow Wallpaper. She recently finished a novel and is currently working on a memoir.
When: Tuesdays, October 8 - November 12 (10am - 12pm)
Where: Williamsburg MA