The Memoir Series: Details! Details! Details!
The fact that something is true doesn’t make it feel true. Verisimilitude is achieved on the page through the inclusion of strange details that elude readers' expectations and can only come out of lived experience. It is our job as writers to try to find these fresh, precise details and avoid the sort of clichéd writing that makes readers' eyes glaze over. Through in-class writing exercises and close readings and discussion of works by Joe Brainard, Paul Auster, and Mary Karr, we will discuss the sort of details that give writing its spark and that make private worlds come alive. Readers should expect to leave the class with a fresh perspective on their work and the beginnings of strong new material.
Part of GrubStreet's Memoir Series, dedicated to the craft and process of memoir writing. Classes include:
- The Memoir Series: The I-Narrator vs. The I-Character
- The Memoir Series: Memory vs. Truth
- The Memoir Series: Details! Details! Details!
- In a World: The Geography of Memoir
- The Memoir Series: Writing the Family
- The Memoir Series: Where to Begin
- The Memoir Series: How to Build Suspense
To learn more about instructor Alysia Abbott and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:
Previous Students Say
- "Supportive Environment"
- "Lots of Practical Tips"
- "Inspired Me to Write More"
- "Inundated with great info"
- Study Published Writing
- Craft Lessons
- Class Discussion
- Book-Length Memoir