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Friday, April 29 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
4E: Essentials Of: Cultivating a Persona in Essays and Memoirs LIMITED

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How to characterize the person speaking about true things? How to locate the version of ourselves that can give the most illuminating perspective to a particular subject? In nonfiction, as we develop a voice to work through ideas on the page and narrate events from the past, we must also decide how to characterize our present-tense selves. Whether in dramatic scenes or through the endless, subtle ways in which we define our own narrative point of view, each essay or memoir requires us to carefully cultivate a version of ourselves that is best suited to the writing at hand. This doesn't mean fabricating a persona, but finding ways to sketch focused versions of our own character, just as we work to focus our characterizations of others.

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Jason Tucker

Nonfiction Writer
Jason Tucker's essays have appeared in The Southeast Review, River Teeth, Cream City Review, Waccamaw, The Common, Prime Number, and Sweet, among other places. He teaches writing at Suffolk University and at GrubStreet.

Friday April 29, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Newbury Room