How to Tell the Truth
The best memoirs and personal essays don’t simply relate the events of a writer’s life from start to finish, but instead dramatize a journey of the mind, using a writer’s personal experience as a lens through which to bring some aspect of human experience into focus. But memory is a shifting and unreliable thing, and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and the lives we’ve lived often deviate from the truth. In this generative workshop we’ll tackle this ethical and creative challenge, as well as the challenges of navigating other people’s memories (which may differ in important ways from our own), and how to overcome the fear many of us encounter when we commit to telling the truth.
The teaching artist will read and review student work in advance of class.