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PJ Seminar: Writing Vivid Scenes From Spotty Memory with Lilly Dancyger

$70.00 · August 12

This master class will provide techniques to help you remember more, as well as how to work with what you’ve got—from the ethics of using creative license to fill in details, to how to milk a single flash of memory for all it’s worth.

Start Date

August 12

Day(s) of the Week

Monday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

Vivid scenes are an essential part of any writer’s toolkit—but what if you don’t remember enough about the story you’re trying to tell to write with the kind of specificity and detail readers love?
This master class will provide techniques to help you remember more, as well as how to work with what you’ve got—from the ethics of using creative license to fill in details, to how to milk a single flash of memory for all it’s worth. We will closely examine example scenes by contemporary memoirists like Chloé Cooper Jones, T Kira Madden, and Kiese Laymon to home in on the elements of a compelling, immersive scene; and try our hand at some new scenes using the techniques discussed in some brief in-class exercises.

About Lilly Dancyger

Lilly Dancyger is the author of First Love: Essays on Friendship (The Dial Press, 2024), and Negative Space (SFWP, 2021). She lives in New York City, and is a 2023 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. Her writing has been published by Guernica, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Longreads, Off Assignment, The Washington Post, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and more. She teaches creative nonfiction in MFA programs at Columbia University and Randolph College. Find her on Instagram and Substack.