Even though David Byrne urges us to “stop making sense,” in non fiction and memoir writing we must start making sense: of the events, triumphs, catastrophes, and history of our lives. In this workshop, you are invited to share your stories with an eye toward honing, excavating, and discovering the story within the story. So many writers become overwhelmed with writing their stories. Where to begin? What to include? What to leave out? How do I tell this important story? These are the questions we will ask and answer during our time together through readings, guided exercises, writing, and discussion that will help you begin or continue your essays and memoirs.
Ann Hood is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Book That Matters Most; and four memoirs. Her memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief was a NYT Editor’s Choice and was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. Her essays and stories have appeared in many publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Travel and Leisure, Food and Wine, National Geographic Traveler, and The Paris Review. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, and a Best American Travel Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing Award. Her most recent book is FLY GIRL, a memoir about her time as a TWA flight attendant during the Golden Age of flying.