“I’ve heard it said that the reader of a personal narrative comes to the story with two questions: Where are we going? And, Who’s going to take me there? In this workshop, we’ll concentrate some on the “where” and a lot on the “who.”
When we’re writing about our own lives, it’s easy to get deceptively fooled into thinking that “I” is a fairly simple and straightforward teller of the tale, but in fact the “I” of memoir and/or personal essay is a tremendously complex and intricate force, and the more you know about the intricacy, the more you can deftly handle the narration.
The unreliable character “I” is the person who’s smack in the middle of the action—her perception is often extremely narrowed, wonky even. Can we trust her? Not really, and not often. It’s the narrator “I” who is able to step in, offer perspective, a modicum of wisdom, a heap of willingness to look at herself honestly, to explore her own role in a complicated dynamic. Artfully, with nuance and subtlety, she wends her way through the prose.
In this workshop, we’ll study the dual-I, character and narrator, and the ways it can work potently on the page. It’s the relationship between the two selves, the then-self and the now-self, that holds the most provocative conflict, and which most engages the reader, who knows well, you can bet, this tug-of-war of self.
This daylong retreat will be held in a private home in Moss Landing, CA. Moss Landing is small seaside village located between Santa Cruz and Monterey and a forty-five minute drive from Silicon Valley.
$240 includes coffee, tea, and snacks. Register early as space is limited