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Special Topics in Nonfiction

Writing the Family Memoir

Friday, October 9th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
13 seats max

It's not easy to ask grandpa to tell you about that time grandma found a breast lump. And what do you do if he and grandma disagree? If Aunt Susie tells you she doesn't want you to write the book? In this class, you will learn how to deal with the sticky family interview. You'll come away with a toolbox of interview techniques, including how to broach difficult subjects with a family member, how to triangulate sources to get closer to the truth, and how to prod reluctant relatives to speak with you. A brief discussion on the ethics of prodding relatives will be included. Whether you've started writing or are just thinking about it, bring along a memoir concept and a few dilemmas you might face or already do.

Part of GrubStreet's Special Topics in Nonfiction, a group of classes dedicated to exploring different craft elements of creative nonfiction. For more class offerings, click here.


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Elizabeth Stark
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  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion
  • Concept Development


  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

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