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Visiting Author Series–Memoir Four Ways with Sophia Shalmiyev

What is it about the genre of memoir that we find so thrilling, so intriguing and yet, so oft scandalized and difficult to accept as the legitimate sister to fiction in the literary cannon? How many ways can memoir be written? Can we call it something else? In this generative workshop, join visiting author Sophia Shalmiyev in exploring the many ways writers have told their stories of origin using the forms of prose poetry, lyric essay, autofiction/biographical short story, epistolary novel, and other means to prod, expose, destabilize or cover up their pasts, desires, identities and inheritances.

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