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Saturday, April 30 • 9:00am - 10:30am
5G: Reconstructing Childhood in Memoir LIMITED

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How do memoirists re-enter the mysteries of childhood experience?

The answer, for many of us, rests in our ability to 'play' with the past and find enjoyment in exciting literary techniques memoirists and fiction writers have passed down to us. To that end, our session will focus primarily on imagery and perspective: imagery, because a few carefully curated sensory details can often illuminate the past in extraordinary and surprising ways; perspective, because speaking about the past with authority always involves looking at it from a unique angle. The combined force of these two tools can offer up a fresh take on the past that gives us the distance and freedom to play with our stories and shape them into what they need to become.

We will be considering excerpts from memoirs and other nonfiction pieces. While examples will be provided during the session, class discussion will be open and wide-ranging, with the purpose of fostering a healthy dialogue that will inspire us to rush home to our sandboxes.

Presenters
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Garrard Conley

Author, BOY ERASED
Garrard Conley is the author of a memoir on conversion therapy, Boy Erased, out from Riverhead (Penguin) May 2016. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Elizabeth Kostova Foundation Writers' Conferences and has facilitated craft classes for Catapult, GrubStreet, Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Works Center... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Newbury Room

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