Fiction and Non-Fiction Personal Narratives

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In this workshop, participants will examine how to tell stories based on autobiographical material, whether in the form of a memoir or work of fiction. Writers will consider issues like the limits of memory, our responsibility to our subjects who may read our work, and research to embellish our stories and make them come alive. Fiction and creative non-fiction writers may submit their work for peer critique.

About Aaron Hamburger

Aaron Hamburger was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his story collection The View from Stalin’s Head. He is also the author of the novels Faith for Beginners, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, and Nirvana is Here. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostPoets & Writers, and Tin House among others. He received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

Teaching style: As a writing student once himself, one of the things Aaron has learned over the years is that a writing career is a lifelong process that transcends any particular work. When he reads student writing, he's not only looking at how to improve the work at hand, but also trying to figure out which tendencies of word choice, characterization, detail, etc. need encouragement and which ones need sharpening.

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