Letters from the Program Director: Bring the World into your Memoir

Hello, writers!

Writing about your personal experiences is a difficult and vulnerable thing to do. It’s common for memoirists to worry that no one will care about their story or understand it, but the point of it all is to share your stories so that others might learn something or so someone out there might feel less alone in their experiences. And while not everyone who reads your work will resonate with it, if you want your stories to mean something to someone else, you need to dig deep to find larger threads of meaning outside of yourself. It is not enough to simply tell your story–you need to be thinking about the universal themes in your work that will help your words mean something to readers.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Mining the World for Meaning: How to Move Beyond the Personal in Memoir” with Donna M. Johnson on Saturday, May 6. If you’re looking for ways to expand and layer your personal stories, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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