R290. Juggling from Within: The Art of Voice

Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Nonfiction characterization is complex as we decide which version of our shifting selves to call up from memory. Our child narrator is years away, cognitively and physically, from our teenage narrators, who, if we connect with our memories realistically, change with each breath and often not for the better. How do we disconnect from our present narrative selves who like to interfere with experience and reflection? Join us for a discussion on how to use voice to artfully narrate personal stories.



Helen Peppe is a professional photographer and author of Pigs Can’t Swim, a 2014 Indie Introduce and Indie Next Title. She was one of seven finalists for the 2011 Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award. Helen recently wrote a book for tweens, I Name You Rockstar, and is working on her second memoir.

Sue William Silverman’s books are The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew; Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction; Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You; and Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Alice Eve Cohen is a solo theatre artist and author of two memoirs, The Year My Mother Came Back and What I Thought I Knew, winner of ELLE’s Literary Grand Prix for nonfiction. She has toured her solo plays internationally. She has a BA from Princeton and an MFA from The New School, where she teaches creative writing.

Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of eleven books including This Is Paradise, about a medical clinic in Malawi. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and is writer in residence/director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Melanie Brooks is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma. A graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program, she teaches at Northeastern University and Merrimack College. She is completing a memoir about living with the ten-year secret of her father's HIV disease.


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