June 20, 2019–August 15, 2019
6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Tell It Slant: Pushing the Boundaries of Memoir
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant--," Emily Dickinson famously wrote. "Success in circuit lies." In memoir-writing, the most honest way to tell a story is not always the most straightforward one. Today's memoirists take circuitous, unlikely paths to get to the hearts of their stories, employing experimental forms, nonlinear narratives, and genre-bending techniques in their work. In this class, we'll explore such slanted modes of truth-telling and use memoir as a tool not merely for self-revelation but for self-creation.
Guided by discussions of work by writers like Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Lily Hoang, we'll examine how conventions of memoir are subverted. With the help of weekly writing prompts, we'll create innovative, unclassifiable, and sometimes downright weird work that investigates our personal experiences. New forms, styles, and voices will allow us to see ourselves and our lives in a new light.
Students will have the opportunity to have their writing discussed by their classmates in a weekly workshop moderated by the teaching artist, who will also provide feedback. This class is intended for writers who are familiar with memoir and eager to experiment within the genre.
$7 copy fee.