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Sunday, April 8 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10D: How to Write an Autobiographical Novel FULL
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"How autobiographical is this?" is the question asked every fiction author, no matter how far or how close the material might seem to be from their life. "How much of this did you make up?" is the question asked of every personal essayist and memoirist. The questions may seem pedantic but they speak to some underlying issues, regarding the ways writers use their life in their work, what constitutes fiction, and what, nonfiction.  How do we use the material of our life in fiction? How do we write about ourselves using more than memories? What are the ethics to each practice, and what constitutes crossing a boundary? And what is the nature of fiction and of nonfiction, and does it still matter? We will begin with a writing exercise that can be used to start either an essay or a work of fiction, and then address how each might be constructed accordingly, out of the same anecdote, and with that, all of the issues we encounter along the way.

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Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. He is a recipient of the Whiting Award... Read More →

Sunday April 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
Charles River Room - 4th Floor
  Block 10, Lecture with Q&A