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“I found that the memoirist has to be honest and explore her own foibles and missed steps and acknowledge them and be humble,” writes Hettie Jones. “All of that I did just in my quest for the truth of the matter, or simply because I've always tried to be an honest person—to admit what it is I've done wrong. In that respect, the process was very healing for me.”

Students in this workshop begin to create a personal memoir in the context of its own time and place.

Guided by exercises and numerous examples from published material, each week students present for discussion a three-page response to the exercises. The result is a solid start to a larger work.

Manuscript Submission Required


Brief Bio

Hettie Jones is the author of the forthcoming Love, H: A Correspondence. Her memoir How I Became Hettie Jones is “a story that every American ought to read. The writing is easy, effortless, honest,” writes Jamaica Kincaid.

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