Conference Schedule 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Memoir as Two-Way Mirror with Andrea Avery
Date(s): Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Thoren, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
About the Session
Have you ever set down to write about your own life and felt like you were howling maniacally about yourself, to yourself, in a locked room? Or have you felt like you were standing coolly apart from your own exciting life, clinically reporting on it? If so, consider the idea of the two-way mirror as a metaphor for memoir writing. We have all seen two-way mirrors on hardboiled cop shows—the suspect sees only him or herself, but the unseen observers on the other side see everything. A good memoir is a little bit like a two-way mirror, except that the memoirist is both suspect-subject (staring back at herself) and cop-author (detached, analyzing, questioning everything). In this session, we will discuss that delightfully complicated task before the memoirist: to candidly examine the stuff of one's life while filtering that self-examination through a more removed, strategic artistic lens. This presentation will include excerpts from model texts and discussion from the author's own experiences.