Writing Hard Stories, with memoirist Melanie Brooks

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Acclaimed memoirists describe the process of writing their most painful memories, in Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art From Trauma, presented by Melanie Brooks!

In her attempt to write a memoir about her father's death from a secret AIDS infection in 1985, Melanie Brooks was left with some painful questions: What does it take to write an honest memoir? And what happens to us when we embark on that journey? Would she manage it? Brooks sought guidance from the memoirists who most moved her including Andre Dubus III, Joan Wickersham, Mark Doty, Marianne Leone, Richard Hoffman, Edwidge Danticat, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Richard Blanco, Abigail Thomas, Sue Silverman, Kate Bornstein, Jerald Walker, and Kyoko Mori to answer these questions.

Bring your notebooks and pens (or a laptop), as Melanie will also be presenting a mini-workshop on memoir writing!

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807078815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - February 7th, 2017

Writing Hard Stories encourages all writers as they work to craft honest memoirs. Some of the country's most admired authors describe their own treks through dark memories and breakthrough moments and attest to the healing power of putting words to experience.