Whose Story Is It?
The choices, dilemmas, and ethics of writing memoirs about others.
Memoir, by its very definition, is about the self. But what do you do when you want to write a memoir that is not about you? How do you write about people you don’t know, a culture that’s not your own, events you didn’t witness? Each of our panelists will discuss how they wrote their memoirs, and read from the works in question. In particular, they will address obstacles they encountered in navigating the tricky terrain between self and other, memory and fact.
Caroline Heller, Faculty, PhD Program: Reading Claudius
Janet Pocorobba, Faculty, MFA program: The Fourth String
Julie Wittes Schlack, Adjunct Faculty, MFA program: This All-At-Onceness