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Live Online Lecture and Q & A with Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator, and cultural critic. Her book Good Talk is a graphic memoir that describes complex conversations with her young son about “race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love.” It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Time, Kirkus Reviews, and others. This event will be free and open to the public. For the link and password to the event, write to anelson@clark.edu.

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Jacqueline Winspear in Conversation with Sarah Maslin Nir

Broadway  Books is thrilled to announce a virtual event for the launch of Jacqueline Winspear‘s memoir This Time Next Year We’ll Be Laughing, to be published by Soho Press on November 10th. The event will take place via Zoom at 5:30 pm (Pacific time) on Wednesday, November 18th. Jacqueline Winspear is well-known and well-loved for her Maisie Dobbs series, which explores the aftermath of World War I through the character of Maisie, who is very much a woman of her generation–women who claimed independence they were reluctant to relinquish once the war ended. After sixteen novels, Winspear has produced a deeply personal memoir that reveals the hardships and joys of her family history and gives us a clear insight into how the character of Maisie was born.…

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Livestream Reading: Marlena Fiol and Sherry Belul

Choosing Compassion over Fear: Celebrating World Kindness Day Annie Bloom’s welcomes Marlena Fiol and Sherry Belul for a conversation and readings from their new books. We all have an equal capacity to harm or to heal. Confronted by our current challenges, will we choose to shut down in fear and anger, or will we reach out with kindness and compassion? Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrf-ytqDIvEtbtp3tgHxV5pGb4RWMAlq1O Celebrated scholar, speaker, and author Marlena Fiol shares an up close & personal look into one person’s journey from fear and anger to compassion. Her book, Nothing Bad Between Us, reveals her deeply personal story about growing up on a leprosy compound in Paraguay, South America, with a father who was both a generous, dedicated healer and a brutal disciplinarian. After escaping…

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Attic Institute: Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson – FULL — WAIT LIST ONLY

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz Whether you’re just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we’ll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one’s life story, and we’ll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students Register for this workshop NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account.…

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Attic Institute: Art of Personal Essay and Memoir w Lee Montgomery

Personal Essays and memoir represent some of the most adventurous writing today. Pushing narrative boundaries, utilizing traditional and nontraditional forms, this type of writing explores individuality and the minutiae of life unlike any other form. This workshop will help students explore the world of memoir and personal essay writing and understand both traditional and nontraditional narrative strategies available to them. Though the class will be run as a classic workshop, where students will submit their work to be reviewed in class, it will also combine craft lectures, outside reading, and in-class exercises. Register for this workshop Teacher: Lee Montgomery Time: Saturdays, 10am – 12:30pm, Nov 7 – Dec 12, (no class Nov 28) Location: Zoom | Online Workshop Total Fee: Discounted Early Registration is due…

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Two Truths and a Lie (What Even Is Truth, Anyway?)

Eavesdrop on your dream writing group meeting with a classic drinking (or not drinking) game. Memoirists and essayists are masters at spinning everyday lives into literary gold, but can they make stuff up? Electric Lit contributors and writing group pals Angela Chen (Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex), Lilly Dancyger (Burn it Down: Women Writing About Anger), Deena ElGenaidi, Jeanna Kadlec, and Nina St. Pierre bring their talents to bear on this game of truth and fiction. Hosted by Jess Zimmerman.

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Livestream Reading: David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland authors David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka for a livestream reading and conversation about their new books. Signed copies of both books are available! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuCuqj8vG92lnXWQqd8GA8L86yBLrlOH (Please note the new date of 10/27/20; this event was originally scheduled for 10/22.) About David Biespiel’s A Place of Exodus: Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. He creates a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet…

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FALL Online: Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz Whether you’re just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we’ll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one’s life story, and we’ll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students Register for this workshop NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account.…

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Claire Messud in Conversation With Hilton Als

In her fiction, Claire Messud “has specialized in creating unusual female characters with ferocious, imaginative inner lives” (Ruth Franklin, New York Times Magazine). Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write (W. W. Norton) opens a window on Messud’s own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature. In 26 intimate, brilliant, and funny essays, Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children, reflects on a childhood move from her Connecticut home to Australia; the complex relationship between her modern Canadian mother and a fiercely single French Catholic aunt; and a trip to Beirut, where her pied-noir father had once lived, while he was dying. She meditates on contemporary classics from Kazuo Ishiguro, Teju Cole,…

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FALL Online: First Impressions: Chapter One (Nonfiction) w Whitney Otto

You know your story—whether a memoir, biography, essay collection, or nature writing—but how to begin? Where to begin? In this workshop, we will read, write and talk about beginnings. What engages the reader? What makes the reader turn the page, or feel the excitement you feel for your subject? What makes a non-fiction work feel as inventive as a novel? There are many ways to begin a non-fiction work: an anecdote, a statement, a line of dialog, a line of poetry. You will be asked to write short, first chapter pieces using something that you are currently working on, or maybe something new. This workshop could be the beginning of your beginning. Register for this workshop NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re offering our…

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