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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. 

Students are chosen by Wendy Salinger on the basis of a manuscript submission. Applications must be received by Fri, May 12 at 5 pm. Click here for submission requirements.


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.” A Guggenheim fellow, she is the founder of the Christopher Lightfoot Walker Literature Project for public high school students in NYC. Her memoir White Space is forthcoming.

A student writes: "Wendy is an astute teacher. She had the ability to keep the class on track and allow for those moments of spontaneity that made space for class members to bond—that's in addition to her generosity in spending time with our work and the fact that she really knows her stuff!"


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