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Register Now for “The Art of Memoir,” a CDS Continuing Ed Class with Krista Bremer

The hallmark of the personal essay or memoir is intimacy—the way a writer seems to whisper directly into the reader’s ear, conveying everything from gossip to wisdom. How does the memoirist build a relationship with her reader, establishing herself as a trustworthy companion worth sticking with until the last page?

Join instructor and author Krista Bremer in a new class from the Center for Documentary Studies Continuing Education program, The Art of Memoir, in which students will explore the art of transforming lived experience into literature through a six-week workshop. Students will read and discuss great personal essays, then will revise their own work, with a focus on transforming oneself and others into characters, creating a sense of closeness with the reader, uncovering the political dimensions of personal experience, and turning memory fragments into a seamless body of work.

The Art of Memoir
Tuesdays, November 3–December 8, 7–9 p.m.
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Krista Bremer is the author of the memoir A Tender Struggle: Story of a Marriage (formerly My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story.) Her award-winning essays have appeared in national and international magazines and news outlets including the New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, CNN, MSN, MORE, The Sun, and the Sunday Times (London). Bremer’s work has been featured on NPR, and she has appeared in the PBS series Arab American Stories. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, a North Carolina Arts Fellowship, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Ismail, and their two children and works as associate publisher of The Sun. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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