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Memoir Series: Memory vs. Truth

  • GrubStreet 162 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

Whenever we set out to write about our lives we realize that “truth” is a slippery concept. Everyone’s memory of an event is colored by subjectivity and circumstance. Three people at a car accident may remember that scene differently, depending on their point of view. And as we change over our lifetimes, how we remember events may also change. But as nonfiction writers we owe it to our readers to make our best efforts to tell the truth as we know it. To deliver A truth, if not THE truth. In this seminar we will look at how different memoirists tackle the tricky issues around truth and memory and engage in writing exercises that will help us write about our history when memory and truth don't line up. 

Earlier Event: October 14
The Memoir Series: Writing The Family
Later Event: April 27
Memoir Series: How to Build Suspense