Do you have a personal or family story that you would love to tell? Join author Claudia Cornwall for an introductory workshop in memoir writing. Claudia will answer your questions including:
How do you get started?
Are there some writing exercises you can use to get the creative juices flowing?
What are some of the different ways you can tell a story like this?
What books can provide a model for you?
There will also be time for discussion and touching on some of the ethical problems that may come up, such as:
What if some of your family members are uncomfortable with the project?
How do you balance their privacy concerns your own desire to tell the truth?
Claudia Cornwall, a freelance writer for over 25 years, has written five books and many magazine articles. Her memoir, Letter from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers her Family's Jewish Past, won a BC Book Prize for best non-fiction and her biography, At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver, 1937-1998 was a finalist for the 2012 Vancouver Book Award. Her most recent book, a medical history, Catching Cancer: the quest for its viral and bacterial causes, was published in April, 2013. Claudia teaches courses about ethical and legal issues for writers at SFU and Douglas College. She will also be teaching a 6-week on-line memoir writing course at SFU starting in February 2014. She grew up in Vancouver and studied philosophy at UBC and the University of Calgary.
FREE but space is limited; please register online, by calling 604 299-8955, or in person at the library. (starfishian)