speeding it up and slowing it down
Sunday, December 6, 2020, 3 PM – 4:15 PM EST
We want to think that we’re telling the truth, but we’re leaving most everything out. We want to transport the reader to our world, and so we slow some things down. How do we manage time in memoir? How do we know when to compress (and how), and how do we know when to elongate (and how)? Paul Lisicky, Sallie Tisdale, Sven Birkerts, Patti Smith, Sarah Manguso, Abigail Thomas, and Annie Ernaux will prove instructive here. Question cascades and exercises will focus on the art of elongation and compression.