Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Live Seminar Via Zoom 10AM – 12PM CST
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Led by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, author of Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir (W.W. Norton, 2019), named a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award, a “best book of 2019 ” by Amazon and Vox, described as “moving” by the New Yorker, “outrageously funny” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “fascinating,” by NPR.
Memoirists need distance from their past-selves in order to write about their lives with insight and wisdom. But how does one create distance between oneself and oneself? How do we make our complex, living selves into characters on a page? Come to this course as one person, leave as at least two!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A discussion on the difference between past-self and present-writer-self.
- Examining brief excerpts from memoirists who have successfully created these two selves on the page.
- A writing exercise designed to show you how to create distance between your two selves.
- Sharing your writing with the group for immediate encouragement (optional).
YOU'LL TAKE HOME:
- A better understanding of memoir as a genre.
- Tips on how to see yourself as a character on the page.
- A guided prompt to help you generate memoir writing.
"Dr. Jessica Hindman's class on Memoir & Memory: Creating Distance From Your Past Self was eye-opening. She gave us three short pieces to read plus a worksheet that was incredibly useful. The examples were crucial to understanding her lessons. She has a simple, direct approach to craft and an easy engaging manner. She didn't dwell & was well prepared. She offered two 10-minute exercises during the class and we got to hear some of the work written by students. The class flew by. Worth taking."
"Jessica was phenomenal. Nice participatory encouragement. Practical advice. Wonderful shared ideas."
"There was such a great mix of lecture, handouts, reading, writing exercise and class participation.""Amazing instructor. Jessica encouraged every student and made us feel safe and heard."
"I learned a lot of Creative Nonfiction techniques from Jessica that I think will greatly help me in my writing."
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
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Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman | Live via Zoom
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 | 10AM - 12PM CST
Seminar is fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom
Instructor Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (Chick-KET-toe HĪND-man) grew up in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Her debut, Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir was named a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award, a “best book of 2019 ” by Amazon and Vox, described as “moving” by the New Yorker, “outrageously funny” by O, The Oprah Magazine, and “fascinating,” by NPR. Her recent writing has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The New York Times Magazine, Brevity, and Hippocampus. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern studies and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English from the University of North Texas. She is an Associate Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University where she recently won the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Award. She lives in Newport, Kentucky with her husband, the astronomer Nathan De Lee.