Terese Marie Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and "Best American Essays." She is the New York Times bestselling author of "Heart Berries: A Memoir."
Making art of a life is a big challenge. It’s work to render a lived experience down to its most pivotal moments and threads, and it’s difficult to know where to begin or where to end. It’s fruitful work, though, especially if your experiences haven’t been represented yet on a bookshelf. It’s power to own one’s life and make a legacy for themselves, and I have some practical tips that have helped me do that. There are all kinds of political and ethical questions to consider when we write ourselves or others, and there are also questions about style and form.
In this PJ seminar, we’ll talk about writing a memoir in essays, and we’ll explore how to characterize the self and write about others who you may or may not want a relationship with once the book is done.
We’ll talk about culpability, honesty on the page, and how to cultivate a story from fragmented memories.
We’ll talk about how to develop style at a sentence and image level, and how to write about hard things, while not compromising your artistic or personal identity. There will definitely be time for questions and discussion!
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