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Nabokov said that the true purpose of memoir should be to discern and follow “the thematic designs of one’s life.”

In that spirit, this class attempts to guide students in the quest to discover what story to tell and how to tell it. Class discussions—of work in progress and of weekly exercises written in reponse to excerpts from classic memoirs—explore elements of craft such as character, description, dialogue and pacing. The goal is to help students find their own voices and the written shape of their own truths. 

Manuscript submission required


Brief Bio

Wendy Salinger is the author of the memoir Listen, “a great book of great distinction," writes Pat Conroy. “The writing is perfectly beautiful: strip-mined jewels of language. Knowing her people is cumulative and extraordinary. I wept and I loved.” Salinger’s work has appeared in The Paris Review and The New Yorker. A former Guggenheim fellow, she directs the 92Y Poetry Center Schools Project.

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