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Inprint Intensive Workshops, Writers Workshops,

WRITING MEMOIR: BALANCING SCENE & SUMMARY 2017-308

Course #2017-308
Saturday October 21 1:30 pm–4:30 pm & Sunday, October 22, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Cost: $135 Instructor: Jessica Wilbanks
This workshop is full

Where

Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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The most powerful memoirs balance the use of vivid scenes, or “close-ups,” with engaging summaries, or “long shots.” When scenes and summaries are used effectively, both can propel the narrative forward. But how do memoirists decide which pieces of their story to render in scene, and which to present in summary form? And how do they ensure that both scenes and summaries contain only the most essential and engrossing material?

In this memoir workshop, we will review the guiding principles for balancing scene and summary while reading and discussing selections from memoirists who have successfully mined the threads of their past to craft compelling narratives. Participants will be asked to share a draft essay or memoir excerpt in advance of the first class and spend time reading one another’s submissions. The majority of our time together will be spent workshopping participants’ essays with an eye toward deepening and enriching our prose. All levels of experience are welcome.

About the instructor

JESSICA WILBANKS is the author of On the Far Side of the Fire, a memoir forthcoming from Beacon Press. She has received a Pushchart Prize for her nonfiction, as well as awards from journals such as RuminateRedivider, Ninth Letter, and Sycamore Review. She received her MFA from the UH Creative Writing Program, where she was an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow and served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.

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