Writing from Real Life
Writers are observers, continually examining their lives and the lives of others. For memoir writers, and for those who write in other genres, life experiences become the raw material of their creative work. In this four-hour course, we will focus on the key challenges in our lives today and other hurdles we’ve overcome—in other words, difficult circumstances that might become the rich “raw material” for new work.
We will discuss strategies for developing this material in a way that avoids the sentimental and general, and we’ll look at a number of short examples of how other writers use essays and memoir as a way of making meaning of difficult circumstances. By the end of the workshop, you will have explored a topic and be well on your way to writing about it (and potentially others) in a thoughtful and critical way.
Judah Leblang is a Boston-based writer, teacher and storyteller. His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on 200 ABC-radio and NPR stations around the US. A regular columnist for Boston’s gay newspaper, Judah is the author of the memoirs Finding My Place, and Echoes of Jerry. He has performed his original shows at fringe festivals around the US and Canada, including Calgary, Winnipeg and Chicago. He teaches memoir writing at Grub Street in Boston. Learn more at www.judahleblang.com.