Other People’s Stories: How to Tell, When to Tell, and When Not to Tell
As memoirists and journalists, the stories we tell are not just our own. Whether we’re writing about our family, our colleagues, or even the subjects of a profile who know they’re being covered, we will face difficulties—questions of discretion, of truth-in-characterization. We might even have phobias about representation in general, knowing as we do how important it is for people—especially people who are marginalized—to have control of their own narratives. This workshop will explore strategies for writing nonfiction that is straightforward, but also respectful of boundaries. Author and New Ohio Review Editor David Wanczyk will share what he's learned from his experience researching and writing his nonfiction book, Beep, about blind people and the sport they play. The class will include time to share and discuss participants' projects as well.
DAVID WANCZYK is the editor of New Ohio Review and an instructor at Ohio University. He has writen on novel sports for Salon, Slate, Boston Globe Magazine, Texas Monthly, and other venues. His book, Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind (2018) was published by Swallow Press. He has also placed poetry, essays, and criticism in magazines such as Alimentum, American Literary Review, Brevity, Lake Effect, Pank, and Woolf Studies Annual. Find him online at www.davidwanczyk.com.
When: Tuesday, June 12 (1-4pm)
Where: Lilly Library in Florence MA