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Creative Writing Seminar: Narrative Strategies and Truth-Telling in Nonfiction
Want to tell your own tale but don't know how to start or how much to share? Contemporary memoirs offer a wide spectrum of what it means to be “truthful.” Local poet and memoirist Sandra Beasley will review some templates for different approaches to memoir, address common issues or setbacks and finish up with Q&A. Sponsored by the Friends of George Mason Regional Library. Adults. (R)
More about the topic: This seminar examines how writers establish truth on the page in all its dimensions: factual accounting, credibility of voice, scene-based momentum and depictions of relationships. We’ll review templates for different approaches to memoir, pairing them with examples from the library collection that include Billy-Ray Belcourt’s A History of My Brief Body, Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, Kiese Laymon’s Heavy and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. (These are not required reading -- they're examples.) Participants will receive a suggested reading list that includes craft books.
Presenter website: http://sandrabeasley.com/
Meeting mechanics: The link to the meeting will be emailed to the day before the event. If you don't receive the link or if you have any questions, please email Sarah[dot]Souther[at]fairfaxcounty.gov at George Mason Regional Library.
Timing: Please log on 5 minutes before the event so we can get started on time.
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Accommodations: This program will be captioned. Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. Call 703-256-3800 or TTY 703-324-8365