Private Lives, Public Books

In the age of personal essays and social media, the boundaries between public and private life have blurred, loosened and nearly been erased. Yet not everyone is comfortable writing about him or herself or confident about how to do so while still maintaining a sense of control over one’s own private life and protection of the lives of others. Though memoir is an inescapably intimate form, it isn’t always a comfortable one. How do you write about yourself in a way that feels truthful and revelatory without giving too much of yourself away? Is it possible to write about others without unfairly exposing them or in any way exploitative? Plus nitty gritty questions about whether or not to show your book to the people you write about, writing about family members, legal advice, etc. Level: Accessible to beginners.

Both of my workshops will be seminar style, with group discussion and an exercise or two. They are aimed at a general level and require no advance reading.

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