The Memoir Series: Memory Vs. Truth
Whenever we set out to write about our lives we realize that “truth” is a slippery concept. Everyone’s memory of an event is colored by subjectivity and circumstance. Three people at a car accident may remember that scene differently, depending on their point of view. And as we change over our lifetimes, how we remember events may also change. But as nonfiction writers we owe it to our readers to make our best efforts to tell the truth as we know it. To deliver A truth, if not THE truth. In this seminar we will look at how different memoirists tackle the tricky issues around truth and memory and engage in writing exercises that will help us write about our history when memory and truth don't line up.
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:
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