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Plumbing Your Creative Depths - Memoir

Katie Hafner

  • Starts Apr 30
  • 160 US dollars
  • Page Street Co-Working Space

Available spots

Class Description

If it is true, as Joan Didion once wrote, that we tell ourselves stories in order to live, then we are continuously telling ourselves stories. This intensive one-day class will focus on the story you want to tell, whether it is memoir, fictional memoir or pure fiction. We will explore the following questions: In memoir, how might you navigate the tricky terrain of writing about people who are still alive? How accurate (or deceptive) are your memories, especially when it comes to events that took place years or decades ago? How do you turn yourself (i.e., your main character) into a reliable narrator, one the reader will come to know and trust? This class will help you answer the basic question of what form you would like your story to take, and helps you get a start at molding that story into a structure with a clean arc. This class is a safe haven for exploring the story that resides in each of us, and finding the best way to express it via the written word. Please bring the writing tools you are most comfortable using. Instructor Bio: Katie Hafner is a journalist and author who writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. She is the author of six non-fiction books, including the memoir, Mother Daughter Me; A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano; The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany; Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet (with Matthew Lyon). She is host and co-executive producer of the popular podcast, Lost Women of Science. Her first novel, The Boys, was published in July 2022. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Bob Wachter. Photo credit Jessica Raimi

Upcoming Sessions

Cancelation Policy

Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.

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