1 PM EDT | 12-Noon CDT |11 AM MDT| 10 AM PDT
We will examine and discuss the difference between what a fiction writer does with personal experience and what a nonfiction writer or memoirist will do, and see how both of them reach valid but different sorts of truth. We will also examine the limits of memory and ways a writer can strengthen recall and deepen access to the past.
- Why nonfiction matters
- The rules: composite characters, reconstructed dialogue, compressed time, exaggeration.
- Where and when a memoirist can use speculation, imagination, even fantasy
- Techniques for improving your recall of distant memories.
Dinty W. Moore, is author of Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. He worked briefly as a police reporter, a documentary filmmaker, a modern dancer, a zookeeper, and a Greenwich Village waiter, before deciding he was lousy at all of those jobs and really wanted to write memoir and short stories. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Reader, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues. He is a professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University.