The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Creating a Mixed-Genre Family Memoir with Deborah Miranda

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Multi-genre, Poetry, Research, Short Stories
Tags: Story, Archive, Documents, Photographs, Family, History

About the Session

This session will demonstrate ways to create richly layered memoir via multiple genres and visual storytelling. Our lives and those of our ancestors leave traces in the human archive that include much more than photographs. Documents like immigration records, religious institutions, letters, newspaper clippings, government forms, song lyrics, even fingerprints, prison records, school assignments, local histories or ethnographic notes—can all be “mined” for creative inspiration, expanding and enriching the narrative of your family. In the same way, your story doesn’t have to be purely non-fiction; you’ll see examples that switch up poetry, short fiction, and cultural context research that engage readers more powerfully than straight narrative. We’ll brainstorm exercises for your own work!

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Deborah Miranda
Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen.  Her mixed-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir, received the PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, and was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award.  Her most recent poetry collection is Raised by Humans; previous collections include The Zen of La Llorona and Indian Cartography. An unpublished manuscript, Altar for Broken Things, is looking for a publisher. Miranda is Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia where she teaches literature and creative writing.