Instructor: Mira Ptacin
Date & Time: Saturday, August 26 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: CCLC, Trescott
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: Member: $45 | Nonmember: $100
Unlike autobiography, memoir does not include every part of one’s life. A truly good memoir is more like a series of Polaroid snapshots, highlighting the key moments or a specific time period in a person’s life that deliver a thesis statement or answer a question.
In this class, attendees will engage in the skills essential to great memoir and literary writing—scene, characterization, dialogue, and point of view—to delve into the following questions: What does this life illustrate? What has the narrator learned from his or her life? What larger issues are being explored?
Attendees will also consider the balance between truth and subjectivity, and how to turn personal truth into universal truths and tell a unique story that creates empathy in the reader.
Mira Ptacin is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press 2016). Her work has been published in New York Magazine, Guernica, Tin House, LitHub, NPR, and more. Formerly an instructor at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Ptacin lives on Peaks Island with her family and is at work on her second book of nonfiction. VISIT miramptacin.com
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