Half-Remembered: Creating Scenes from Incomplete Memories

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm -3:15 pm Eastern

Writing memoir and personal essay relies on memory, so how do we account for the fact that our recall is imperfect?

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The nonfictional nature of memoir and essay writing comes into conflict with the elusive nature of memory on a regular basis. In this webinar, we will tackle the problem of perception while working with only partially recalled experience, and you’ll acquire tools for rounding out stories with imagined material signaled in the text. We will look at published examples to identify strategies, and brief writing prompts that will encourage you to experiment with the different tools and approaches we’ll explore.

In this webinar, you will:

  • CONSIDER professional examples of recreated memory
  • ANALYZE strategies for signaling imperfect recall or imagined material in a text
  • REFLECT on the various impacts of implicit and explicit signaling of imperfect recall on the narrative

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for memoirists and personal essayists working with past lived experiences as their material.

All registrants receive a recording.

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