How does one write a life? What choices do we make as writers to craft a narrative that is both true to who we are but that also connects with the interests of others? In this workshop, Jonathan Alexander leads participants through three workshops that explore strategies for effective life writing. We will examine and experiment with different forms of life writing, from journals to memoirs, focusing in particular on “short form” life writing, or life writing that proceeds through small bits, such as in the work of Maggie Nelson, Sarah Manguso, and Roland Barthes. You need never have written about your life before to benefit from starting now!
Jonathan Alexander is a writer, literacy scholar, and cultural critic. The author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, he is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, where he also serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication. He is the YA editor and a frequent contributor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Dates: 3 Mondays, May 14, 21, 28
Instructor: Jonathan Alexander
Price: $40/ session; $100 entire series