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MEMOIR

MEMOIR

Vinita Prabhakar

This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

Our own lives are ripe with stories, and the current boom in literary nonfiction provides extra motivation for us to tell about our unique lives. Students will learn how to employ vivid detail and description, characterization, dialogue, scenes, and point of view to bring their personal stories, thoughts, and reflections to life on the page. We will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that arise when writing about real people and real situations and look at how our personal experiences give voice to what has been unheard. Doing daily writing exercises and reading a variety of memoirs and personal essays will help illustrate how wonderfully flexible and creative this form can be.

Vinita Prabhakar has taught Creative Writing courses at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Elmira College, and has been with the Ithaca College Writing Department since 2010. She received her MFA from Syracuse University where she completed The Half Light Dwellers, a collection of pieces whose central characters - part bollywood part noir - seem to exist at that vanishing point between delusion and illusion, insight and dysfunction. She tries to practice what she preaches when she tells her students to write 'the thing that is riskier, the thing that costs a little more of your soul.'