POINT OF ENTRY—HOW TO OPEN THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE
Elizabeth L. Silver
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning
First impressions matter, in person and on the page. How do you begin a memoir or personal essay? What are the opening images of your story? Do you begin with anecdotes or jokes, summaries of the past or scenes from the present? Do you introduce yourself as a child or an adult? “Point of Entry” is a one-day seminar that will explore these questions, providing concrete tools for you to begin your personal narrative. This class is not necessarily about the first event that happens in your story, but rather the first chapter of your memoir. Over four hours together, we will discuss different methods of creating the introduction to your work and learn how to find the starting point on the map to writing your memoir.
This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in at the Huron Substation in Glassell Park where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.
Huron Substation in Glassell Park
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
May 20, 2018
Elizabeth L Silver is the author of the memoir, The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty (Penguin Press, 2017) and the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown, 2013), which was the Amazon Best Debut of the Month, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Summer, and published in seven languages. Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from McSweeney’s, Lenny Letter, New York Magazine, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, TheLos Angeles Review, The Millions, The Dallas Morning News, among others, and she has been a writer-in-residence at Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, A Room of Her Own Foundation in New Mexico, and the British Centre for Literary Translation in Tarazona, Spain. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Elizabeth lives with her family in Los Angeles. Visit her online at www.ElizabethLSilver.com.