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Diving into the Wreck: Excavating Family Histories with Diana Arterian and Douglas Manuel

Date(s): Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Hybrid, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Poetry

$119 Regular, $107 ASU Affiliate, $99 Student,

About the Class

For so many of us the family story is one that defines our young lives and beyond—what we either run from or toward for the decades after leaving home. In this three-hour mixed genre class, we will “dive into the wreck” of family narratives. What events in your family seem to define your life? What relationship with which family member? The narratives we hope to discuss can include those that seem to determine so many people’s young lives: trauma, abuse, neglect. Yet those blessed with stable families have plenty of stories to tell, too—a glorious summer road trip that revealed the loving relationship between siblings, or a reckoning with a parent’s humanity. As guidance for methods of grappling with the family narrative as a resource for creative writing, we will consider poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid works of Ai, Anne Carson, Sharon Olds, Ocean Vuong, and others.

Diana and Doug will also be reading on Monday, March 30, 2018 at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) at 7 p.m. Click here to learn more about the reading.

Meet Your Instructors

Piper Writers Studio Instructor Diana Arterian

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press) and Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and coeditor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet).

Piper Writers Studio Instructor Douglas Manuel

Douglas Manuel was born in Anderson, Indiana. He received a BA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and a MFA from Butler University where he was the Managing Editor of Booth a Journal. He is currently a Middleton and Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing. He has been the Poetry Editor of Gold Line Press as well as was one of the managing editors of Ricochet Editions.