(Online) Writing for Life

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This workshop will be dedicated to making your memories live on the page, with a special emphasis on capturing childhood scenes and adult reflections. Excerpts from memoirs and essays by authors such as James Baldwin, Tobias Wolff, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson, Alexander Chee, and Lidia Yuknavitch will teach the art of scene-making. Participants can write chapters of a longer work, or self-contained personal essays which employ elements of fiction in the service of fact: dialogue, character, setting, conflict, consciousness. There will also be space for self-analysis and observer narrative: for cultivating the voice of objectivity, and counter-balancing the long perspective with the depth of introspection. You will be asked to comment meaningfully on experience and contextualize it. The workshop format will allow for generating drafts and receiving feedback from the instructor and from peers, through an online portal. The first session will ask you to describe your memoir project.

About Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is the winner of the 2014 Dorothy Cappon prize for the essay, and has published memoir in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazine. Her fiction has appeared twice in The May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford, a Ph.D. in English at University College, London, and an M.F.A. at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches the nineteenth and twentieth century British novel at Politics and Prose in Washington D.C. She also leads fiction workshops at Grub Street in Boston, and has been named an emerging writer in residence at Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. More about her at: www.inthesmallhours.com.


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