Writing About Ourselves: Crafting a Memoir Others Will Care to Read

09/30/2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET


Charlotte Lit's Zoom Room 1

Virtual Meeting URL: https://www.charlottelit.org/zoom1


NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE. We all love talking about ourselves! But it’s easy to get lost in the forest of the self! How do we craft a memoir that others will care to read? What strategies lift the details of our ordinary lives into something extraordinary? Judy will discuss creating scenes vs. summary, pushing description, characterizing, reflecting, taking leaps, introducing contradiction, creating tension, deciding on structure — things you need to know when you write memoir and any creative nonfiction. Class will include instruction, exercises to help you discover your most potent material, and sharing with the class your responses to the exercises. For beginners and experienced writers alike. This class meets on three Thursdays, September 30, October 7 and 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

About the Instructor: Judy Goldman is the author of seven books – three memoirs, two novels, and two collections of poetry.  Her new memoir, Child, will be published May 2022.

Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap (published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) was named one of the best books of 2019 by Real Simple magazine and received a starred review from Library Journal.

Her first memoir, Losing My Sister, was a finalist for both SIBA's Memoir of the Year and ForeWord Review's Memoir of the year.  She received the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the Mary Ruffin Poole First Fiction Award, as well as the three prizes awarded for a poetry book by a North Carolinian and Silverfish Review Press's Gerald Cable Prize.  She received the Hobson Award for Distinguished Achievement in Arts and Letters and the Fortner Writer and Community Award for "outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community." Her work has appeared in USA Today, Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, Real Simple, LitHub, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.

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