Thursday, May 6, 2021 @ 2 PM- 3:15 PM Eastern
We write about people we love all the time. They become characters in our novels, or they drive us to write that personal essay or memoir. And yet, they have their own fully realized stories, as well. How do we tell our truths while staying compassionate to theirs? How do we write with humor, courage, rage, or beauty about the ones we love(d)?
Writers can struggle with ethical considerations, fear of betraying family, or worries about backlash. Writers may even struggle with voice or character-building that’s honest but also serves the larger story. This webinar will offer examples, arguments, and techniques for writing compelling stories about the people we love.
We’ll look at the work of renowned writers who overcame their fears, examining how they handled these challenges. You’ll learn how to find the moments and voices of family that lend themselves best to the story, as well as how to stay focused on the goal of writing the story while navigating the ethics and perils of writing uncomfortable truths.
In this webinar, you will:
There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.
This webinar is ideal for beginning or mid-career writers who intend to write stories that include family members or other loved ones.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].
Creative Nonfiction’s online writing classes have helped more than 3,000 writers tell their stories better.
I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.Catherine O’Neill
I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.
We usually open the webinar 3-5 minutes prior to start time (see webinar invite) so you can check your audio settings and make sure everything is working properly on your end. The host will welcome everyone and ask you to introduce yourself and share where you’re joining from in the text-based chat. Participation in the chat is optional.
The actual webinar program usually gets rolling five minutes after the start time. This is also when the recording starts if you watch the video afterward.
No one can hear you or see you during the webinar. The only people who are visible and can be heard during the webinar are the instructor and host.
Audio Settings: If you’re unable to hear any sound during the webinar, please look at the bottom left of your Zoom window for Audio Settings, and click the small arrow to check your settings.
Getting familiar with the Zoom software
There are several ways to interact with the presenter and other students during the webinar:
*Formal Q & A window
Live Chat: The live chat is where you can exchange messages in real time with other students attending the webinar, as well as the instructor and host. Usually your chat visibility defaults to just the presenter/panelists. If you want everyone attending to see your chat message (and most people do), then you need to select “everyone” or “all panelists and attendees” in the chat window.
How to banish the chat: We encourage you to make use of the live chat throughout the webinar because it’s one of the great benefits of joining the live event. However, some find the chat distracting and would like to turn it off. As of today, Zoom doesn’t allow students to disable the chat, but there is a way to effectively “banish” it if you do not want to see it:
Formal Q & A:
All webinars include time for Q & A with the presenter. This will be included in the recording.
In most cases, unless you see the download arrow under the recording window, you will not be able to download the recording. You will have ongoing access to the recording link to view at your leisure. You can download any supplemental materials provided by following the links in the webinar recording description. The recording will be sent to you three days after the live event.
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