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Sunday, May 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10H: Stalking the Self: Developing a Point of View in Memoir
Limited Capacity seats available

A good memoir tells us more than just what happened to the writer. It tells how the writer thinks about what happened. But how do you find a point of view? And how can you incorporate that view into your story? This class will take a practical approach to these questions. Class participants will not have to confront their own psychology, nor worry, "What will my mother say if she reads this?" Instead they can rest snug in their own experiences, using them--not revealing them--to get at something deeper in their hearts and minds. Through a series of writing exercises and lively discussion, you'll learn how to discover and define your unique perspective on personal events--how to be personal without being confessional--and communicate that perspective to a reader.
Sharing of work will not be required.

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Janet Pocorobba

Nonfiction Writer
Janet Pocorobba is Associate Professor of Writing at Lesley University and Associate Director of their low-residency MFA in creative writing. She received her MFA from Lesley in June 2006. A former writer and contributing editor at Metropolis magazine in Tokyo, her memoirs, essays and reviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Harvard Review, The Writer, Kyoto Journal, Indiana Review, Provincetown Arts, American Athenaeum, and elsewhere. She lives in a cabin in Vermont, where she keeps a blog of rural life at... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:30am - 12:45pm
Cabot Room

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