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Saturday, April 30 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
6J: Where I'm Calling From--Narrative Voice in Memoir LIMITED

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Find your voice, we’re told, but where to look? The truth is we’re all gifted with various voices, and they arise, as necessary, for the various roles we play and the various audiences we have. Your memoir’s narrator has a particular role as well, formed by where they are speaking from, why they are speaking, and to whom.

In this session, we’ll talk about how to tune your memoir’s voice: how your narrator’s address (in both senses of the word) can help clarify more than the voice itself. We’ll look at two short published excerpts, discuss the question of listener versus audience, and do a quick writing exercise, designed to put the lessons of the session into practice.

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Howard Axelrod

Howard Axelrod’s memoir, The Point of Vanishing, about the two years he lived in solitude in northern Vermont, was published by Beacon Press in September 2015.  His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shambhala Sun, and The Boston... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Tremont Room