Saturday, Nov. 4, 1-4pm EDT
Online via Zoom
Memoirists and personal essayists not only expose intimate details about themselves, but often about their families, friends, lovers, and enemies, too. But where’s the line between what’s yours to share and what’s not? How do you portray people who have harmed you without reducing them to one-dimensional villains? And how do the power dynamics of different types of relationships—like parent/child vs. peers or partners—impact the ethical boundaries around telling shared stories? This course will address these questions and more, helping students develop their own rubrics for how much information about other people it’s ok to share, and when, and how.
Where your story ends and someone else's private business starts
Writing difficult people
To share or not to share work with people you've written about?
Accounting for power dynamics in writing different kinds of relationships
Dealing with non-legal fall-out from family and loved ones
Developing your own set of rules for writing other people
*I am not a lawyer and cannot give legal advice! But I can share insight into how the legal vetting process works in publishing, and how to set yourself up for it to be as painless as possible.
This class will meet over Zoom. The meeting will NOT be recorded, and can only be accessed live.
Registration closes Nov 3 at 12pm EST