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Writing and Remembering with Dinitia Smith


6 sessions, in-person meetings

Every Other Week Every other Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm February 13 to April 24, 2019

The memoir is one of literature’s most popular forms. But André Aciman, the author of the seminal memoir, Out of Egypt, admitted in an essay after his book was published that some of what he wrote was actually fiction. “Fiction grounded me in a way that the truth could never have done,” Aciman writes.

Over the course of six sessions, we’ll be discussing the nature of memory itself, and whether the memoirist owes his or her readers the truth. We’ll also be examining the difference between the memoir and the autobiographical novel, and the uses of memory in the creation of fiction.

The center of the course will be the participants’ own writing – projects that are already underway and those that are in the beginning stages. We will work on creating a dramatic arc from our memories, writing dialogue, fashioning scenes and other aspects of the craft.

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  • Dinitia Smith, author

    Dinitia Smith

    Dinitia Smith

    Dinitia Smith has published four novels, including the autobiographical novel, Remember This, and most recently, The Honeymoon, a biographical novel about the 19th. Century author, George Eliot. Smith’s short fiction has appeared in many magazines, and for eleven years, she was an arts correspondent for the New York Times, writing on the literary world. She has taught writing in the M.F.A. programs at Columbia University and SUNY Stony Brook, at Barnard College, New York University, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and other places.