From Memory to Memoir
with Meredith Hall
Our memories are carried as obsessive images, snapshots of “moments” we store and then circle and mine for meaning. These snapshot moments press at us, and arise from the past as story. In this workshop, attendees will discover and practice the tools memoirists use to draw from memory the stories that are waiting. Like poets, memoirists locate and mine sensory images for language and meaning. And like fiction writers, memoirists use the craft of writing scene, setting, character and dialogue to create story from those images.
Participants will do a lot of writing play in this workshop, using freewrites and prompts to trigger memory images and rich language, and using the tools of the fiction writer—creative nonfiction—to forge focused, convincing scenes. You will leave the workshop with a folio of writings that will serve as seeds for future writing.
Meredith Hall’s memoir, Without a Map, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Maine Book of the Year,and Best Book of the Year by Kirkus and BookSense. Her awards include Pushcart and Best American, and a $50,000 Gift of Freedom literary award from A Room of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Fourth Genreand many other journals and anthologies.Hall is working on a collection of linked stories. She is Professor Emerita in the MFA creative writing program at the University of New Hampshire.