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It’s a challenge that comes up for every memoirist at some point: how to write compellingly and creatively about real life, when real life includes your own private existence — not all of which is up for public consumption — and the lives of other people.
Whether you’re most concerned with personal discretion, sensitivity to others, or just not getting sued (note: this seminar does not even remotely constitute legal advice), come discuss these juicy questions: Is it possible to be a memoirist and also a profoundly private person? (Spoiler: Yes!) What are some schools of thought when it comes to writing scenes about yourself that also include others? What privacy guardrails could you consider instituting in your own work?
We’ll talk about all this and how it might relate to your current and future projects. Meanwhile, we’ll also take time to read and reflect on writing and wisdom from Nora Ephron, David Sedaris, Dani Shapiro, Taylor Harris, Elizabeth McCracken, and loads more brilliant writers who offer various examples of how to navigate these boundaries.