What’s a memoir if the mind refuses to keep a memory? Where do you write from, if you have to fill the gaps of your stories with your own speculations? How can you write a novel based on your real lived experience? How can you write a memoir based on stories you can’t completely remember? These questions and more are asked almost daily of authors as they jump between fiction and non-fiction. Specifically, authors of marginalized backgrounds find themselves at loss when asking these questions – their stories echo their own lived experiences, and their realities are stranger than fiction.
This genre bending workshop is half generative discussion, half reflections, and a third half look at ways authors break the mould of linear real events, in favour of telling truthful stories.