Memoir Writing: Legal, Ethical, and Moral Concerns (1689)

Tuesday, November 1, 1 to 3 p.m.

$60 (10% off for members)

Writing about oneself inevitably includes others. How do we legally, morally, and ethically portray living or deceased people in our memoirs? If you are thinking about writing a memoir or have one in progress, this class will provide guidance on these issues.

Memoirist, Attorney, and Professor Martha Ertman and memoir writing workshop instructor Chloe Yelena Miller will discuss these issues, followed by a Q&A session in the second half.

*This class is a recommended supplement to Chloe's Memoir Writing Workshop, but it is open to everyone.

Recommended reading:
Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, Joy Castro
Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, Beth Kephart

Martha Ertman is the Carole & Hanan Sibel Research Professor at the University of Maryland Carey Law School. She teaches courses related to contracts, commercial law, and families, and writes about the reach of contract to unexpected places like family relationships and human bodies. She co-edited Rethinking Commodification with Joan Williams (NYU Press, 2005) and her recent articles explore feminist perspectives on contract law and contractual aspects of polygamy. Her book Love’s Promises: How Formal & Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families was published by Beacon Press in May 2015. A 12-minute video of Professor Ertman reading an excerpt of the memoir from the book is available here:

Chloe Yelena Miller has been teaching writing privately and at the college level since 2005, when she received her MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry chapbook, Unrest, was published by Finishing Line Press, and her writing has been published in such journals as Alimentum, The Cortland Review, and Narrative. Read sample publications and writing advice here:

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family Cover Image
By Joy Castro (Editor), Joy Castro (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780803246928
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2013

Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592408153
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Published: Avery - August 6th, 2013