Use Your Memories To Write Fiction with Rachel Mann

    Monday, November 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM until Monday, December 6, 2021 at 1:00 PMEastern Standard Time

    Instructor: Rachel Mann
    November 8 to December 6, 2021
    Two hour VIRTUAL sessions on Monday
    11:00am to 1:00pm EST
    Workshop is limited to 12 participants


    Course Description

    If you have memories, you have stories to tell. In this generative writing workshop, we will explore your memories to enhance your fiction. Why fiction, and not memoir? In fiction you can change the facts but still tell the “truth,” allowing your memories the air and space to go where they take you. Using memories can make writing fiction easier, can make it “ring true,” and can be both cathartic and fun.

    Using exercises and prompts to explore memories of places, people, and experiences that formed you, we will find the threads of the stories you've always wanted and needed to tell, and begin to weave those tales.

    Looking at work by writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Lorrie Moore, we will investigate the relationship between fiction and lived experience. This course will offer small group opportunities to write, share, and receive feedback on new work. Writers will finish the course with a draft of one or more short stories, or the seeds of a novel. 

    Who Should Take This Class

    Whether you’re a beginner writer or a seasoned writer, this class is for anyone who wants to open up to the freedom to use memories to write fiction, and find entry points and access to how to use memories when writing. 

    Your Instructor

    Rachel Mann is the author of ON BLACKBERRY HILL, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Young Adult Literature. The writer of award-winning fiction and plays, her work has been published and performed at Byte Showcase, Hemingway Shorts, The Forward, Kveller, Liars' League NYC, Manhattan Lit Crawl, and The Fish Anthology (UK). Rachel is a current MFA candidate and recipient of the Grace Paley Fellowship in Fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. She graduated from the Novel Studio course at City University London, as well as from Columbia (BA) and NYU (MA). She lives in NYC with her husband and three daughters.


    “I wanted to tell you how beneficial the class has been for me and how much I've enjoyed your instruction. I'm not good with writing prompts but yours have been amazing. Thank you for teaching and sharing your talent! I feel strongly that your class and your approach has opened up an avenue that I've felt shut off from for so long.” - former student

    “This workshop was great! I really enjoyed this class, the topic was so interesting, and Rachel did a wonderful job working to ensure all students were engaged and had a chance to share their work.” - former student

    “Kudos to Rachel for an enjoyable experience.” - former student

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