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Trauma in Memoir with James Tate Hill

$65.00 · November 15

This class will help you identify the biggest barriers to writing about your trauma. We’ll also discuss strategies and approaches for overcoming those barriers.

Start Date

November 15

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

Our traumatic experiences often present the richest material, but writing about them is never easy. A good memoir is more than a collection of painful events. So how do we translate pain into work that will interest an audience beyond our therapist or closest friends?

By examining work by Lucy Grealy, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Brandon Taylor, and others, we will discuss the essential elements of creative nonfiction with a focus on structure, voice, narrative, and the ethics of writing about real people.

We all have painful experiences we’re not sure how to write about, or if we should. Through a detailed lecture, in-class writing, and a Q & A, this class will help you identify the biggest barriers to writing about your trauma. We’ll also discuss strategies and approaches for overcoming those barriers.

Writers at all experience levels are welcome.


StoryStudio Chicago is pleased to offer 5 scholarship spots for anyone who would like financial assistance to take this class. Please email us at  to learn more and claim a spot. (Can only be redeemed if class hits minimum enrollment requirements.)


 

About James Tate Hill

James Tate Hill is the author of a memoir, Blind Man’s Bluff (W. W.
Norton, 2021), a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The Best American
Essays has chosen two of his works as "Notable," and he won the Nilsen
Literary Prize for a First Novel for Academy Gothic. His essays have
appeared in Salon, Shondaland, Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, and Hobart,
among others. He serves as fiction editor for Monkeybicycle and
contributing editor at Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly
audiobooks column. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, he lives in
Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife.