Teaching life writing
I value the earnest impulse of someone who says, Listen, I have seen this and experienced that, so much of it, and all that stuff is brewing, foaming, overflowing, wanting to be told … Okay, I say. I am listening. I would love to hear your story.
If writing our dreams, in David Hume’s words, is a way of ‘becoming acquainted with our own hearts,’ reading memoirs, and moreover, listening to live fragments of stories as they come out – raw, urgent, fragile – reacquaint me with some aspects of my own heart.
Each tale measures itself in words. Each word can be explained with other words, which in turn, can be clarified with new words. Meaning shifts and reshapes: a memoir can be a ‘log’, a log can be a ‘chart’, which can be map, which can be an atlas and ‘a book of maps’. A universal thing. A new version of what it means to be human.
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Announcing The Memoir Salon
An intimate space for meeting other writers, reading your work, getting feedback and exploring life writing in all its forms and intentions over a glass of wine. Please visit The Memoir Salon for more details
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