2015 Workshop Description

Afternoon Session — Instructor: Albert Flynn DeSilver

Selective Memory: The Art of Invention in Memoir

Who am I? This is a question that has baffled humans since forever. Are we our stories? Are we our thoughts, perceptions and memories? Is there a danger to over-identifying with our past? What is a fact, and when does a fact enter into an identity crisis and start cross-dressing its way toward becoming a fiction?

Through a brief talk, a writing exercise or two, and some Q&A discussion, we will delve deep into exploring these questions, hopefully end up answer-free, and enter a realm of creative freedom and infinite writerly possibility.