S176. How Many Selves Does It Take to Write a Personal Narrative?

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Theorists of autobiographical writing have long explored the complexity of self-representation in the personal narrative. Rather than a singular “I,” there are at least three selves at work: the remembered self, the remembering self, and what we are calling the “Third I,” or the author who created the other two. This panel will explore some of the tensions between these multiple representations of self and explain how they shape our own personal essays.



Jennifer Sinor is the author of Ordinary Trauma: A Memoir and Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O'Keeffe. She teaches creative writing at Utah State University where she is a professor of English.

Bruce Ballenger is the author of seven books, including Crafting Truth: Short Studies in Creative Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in River Teeth, Fourth Genre, Writer's Chronicle, and other publications. He is a professor of English at Boise State University.

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco has published in AGNI, Post Road, Joyland, and The North American Review. A 2013 Emerging Writer Fellow at The Center for Fiction, he has taught at Columbia University and Boston College. He teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and is completing a novel.

Lad Tobin is the author of two books of creative nonfiction about teaching creative nonfiction: Writing Relationships and Reading Student Writing. His personal essays have appeared in The Sun; The Rumpus; Fourth Genre; and Utne Reader. He teaches at Boston College.


March 4–7, 2020
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