The Reading and Writing of Memoir (1878)

Four Tuesdays: Note New First Date: September 25, October 2, 9 and last class will meet on Oct. 30, 7 to 9 p.m. *SOLD OUT*

Price: 
$120.00(10% off for members)

The ambition of this course is to help people who are in the process of writing a memoir – or are thinking about writing a memoir – to apply their close reading of a variety of memoirs to the consideration of voice, form, structure, tone, dialogue, atmosphere, research, ethical concerns, the insistences of memory, composition, and craft in their own project. 

We will read and discuss Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano, A Match to the Heart, by Gretel Ehrlich, The Year of Magical Thinking and Blue Nights by Joan Didion, and Darling by Richard Rodriguez. The following books are recommended but not required, because their authors will speak to our workshop dependent on their schedules:Twenty-Six Seconds by Alexandra Zapruder, Warm Springs by Susan Richards Shreve, and Daughter of the Queen of Sheba by Jacki Lyden.

Howard Norman received the Lannan Award in fiction. He is the author of eight novels and three memoirs.  His new novel, The Ghost Clause, will be published in July of 2019.  Many of his books are set in the eastern Canadian Maritimes, especially Nova Scotia, although The Ghost Clause is set in his farmhouse in Vermont.  He has taught for thirty years in the MFA program at the University of Maryland, and is also on the summer faculty at the New York State Writer's Institute. He presently is at work on a new novel and a book in the Writer on Writers Series, about Peter Matthiessen.

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Dora Bruder Cover Image
By Patrick Modiano, Joanna Kilmartin (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780520218789
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Published: University of California Press - November 7th, 2014

A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By Lightning Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780140179378
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 1995

The Year of Magical Thinking (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400078431
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2007

Blue Nights Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307387387
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2012

Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125884
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Published: Penguin Books - August 26th, 2014

Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455574827
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Published: Twelve - September 12th, 2017

Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780547053837
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Published: Mariner Books - June 10th, 2008

Daughter of the Queen of Sheba: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140276848
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 1998