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PJ Seminar: Master Class on Writing the Hard Part of the Memoir with Daisy Hernández

$70.00 · December 6

In this workshop, we are going to talk about self-care for the memoir and  the memoir writer.

Start Date

December 6

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week





Zoom (online)




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So, you have an idea for a memoir or you’ve already started, but you’re wondering how exactly you will write about that one particularly painful memory or your experience with trauma… or your father who is super messed up and what if he read your memoir? Or your father has been dead for years, and is it fair to write ill of the dead especially since your other parent is still living?

Maybe you are the writer who says you’re working on a memoir except you have been bogged down in the research for months (eh, years), and the research is about that difficult situation at the very heart of your memoir.

Maybe people have told you that you’re keeping the hard stuff at the edge of your narrative, and that you need to make it more central to the work, but you’re wondering how exactly to do that.

In this workshop, we are going to talk about self-care for the memoir and  the memoir writer. In the first half of our time together, I will share techniques on how to approach yourself and your memoir with compassion and care. You will also do short journaling exercises that will help you to better understand if it’s the right time to tackle the hard stuff in your memoir. In the second half, I will share writing exercises that allow you to face that difficult material including how to skip it when that would be the right approach. These exercises are grounded in nonfiction works that I will share during the seminar. Come with your notebook and pen and bring all the fears and questions you have.  

About Daisy Hernández

Daisy Hernández is the author of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease (Tin House, 2021), which won the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and was selected as an inaugural title for the National Book Foundation’s Science + Literature Program. The book was named a top 10 nonfiction book of 2021 by Time magazine and was a finalist for the New American Voices Award. She has spoken about the subject of her book—neglected disease and racial disparities in healthcare—on MSBNC and also with the Carter Center and the Pan American Health Organization.

Her memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed (Beacon Press, 2014) won the IPPY Award for best coming-of-age memoir and Lambda Literary’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. The memoir was also a Publishing Triangle Award finalist.

She co-edited the classic feminist anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism (Seal Press), which was first published in 2002 and has become a widely taught text in women’s and gender studies courses. She coedited a new edition in 2019, and the anthology has been praised by scholars and media outlets including USA Today and Buzzfeed for its contribution to understandings of intersectionality.