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Sunday, July 24 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Memoir: Mining Our Personal Stories

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We will discuss how to mine our personal stories for the gold and “shining” moments that might be hiding under layers of overwriting, mixed metaphor, or lack of clarity. Is your best first sentence buried in the middle of the paragraph? I will show you how to approach your paragraphs and essays with a miner’s eye, searching for the gold, extracting it, and using it wisely in your work. We will accomplish this by doing generative exercises, that are designed to pull out the best material without white-knuckling the computer or listening to the “you’re not doing this right,” voice in your head. It will be fun and productive -- my favorite combination!  

Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press)New York Times bestseller and an Editor’s Pick. A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, the New York Times, Die Zeit, The Times-London, Lenny Letter, The Sun, TIME, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, O the Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and other publications and anthologies. She is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she also teaches medical narratives in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the Inequities in Health Care Working Group and an architect of the Medical Narratives minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was recently named the nonfiction editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book that explores art and disability through the life of Frida Kahlo is forthcoming from Nottinghill Editions/New York Review of Books in 2021. She is the mother of two children: Ronan (2010-2013), and Charlotte (age 6).

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Emily Rapp Black

So, you want to write a memoir but you’re not sure where to start? No worries, you don’t need to be an expert writer to tell your story in a compelling way. Author Emily Rapp Black shows you how to write a powerful memoir by identifying your five moments of great change. And... Read More →

Sunday July 24, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT