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Saturday, May 6 • 10:15am - 11:30am
5F: Essentials of Suspense in Memoir FULL
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How do we create highly readable memoirs full of suspense and tension without resorting to cheap tricks? How do we grip our readers from the first page and hold their attention to the very end? The simple answer: through the interplay of answered/unanswered questions in our narratives. In this session, we will explore some stellar examples of memoirs that ask ambitious "universal" questions and continue to tease out the answers over a large story arc. We will discuss ways in which questions can guide our themes and voice. And perhaps most important, we will examine the moments when memoir "pays off" by suggesting potential answers to the big questions. How do writers answer questions without frustrating the reader?

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Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley is the author of a memoir on conversion therapy, Boy Erased, out from Riverhead (Penguin) May 2016. His work can be found in TIME, VICE, CNN, Buzzfeed Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Eliza... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:15am - 11:30am
Tremont Room

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