Mining Memory: Turning Fact into Fiction with Nora Raleigh Baskin via Zoom

Mining Memory (Turning Fact into Fiction)

The saying goes that first novels are almost always semi-autobiographical. It’s no wonder. Often the most pressing thing a person has to say is about something they feel passionately, something important they’ve seen, or felt, or have pressing knowledge of –humanity, values, and experiences, either directly or indirectly, play a role in your writing.

Flannery O’Connor is quoted as saying “Anyone who has lived through childhood has enough material to write about for the rest of their lives.”

Now comes the hard part: How do you do that without compromising STORY? Without memoir becoming a self-indulgent autobiography. How do you create a strong narrative and not anecdote? In this workshop you will do several ten-minute writing exercises where I will talk you through the most common mistakes writers come across when using their own life to tell a story. I know because I’ve made all of them!

This class will take place on three Wednesdays: May 11, 18 and 25 from 6:30-8:30pm EST. This class will be taught via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent at the time of registration (check spam filters) and again in the day before class.
Registration for this 3week series is $160. Please register at:

Nora Raleigh Baskin, a 2001 Publisher’s Weekly FLYING START, is the author of fifteen novels for young adults and a contributor to several short story collections. Her personal narrative essays have appeared in WRITER MAGAZINE, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and NCTE Voices From the Middle.  Her books have won several awards, including the 2010 American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical (S&S), and in 2016, an International Literacy Association Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside (S&S). Ms. Baskin has taught creative writing classes and workshops around the country for over twenty years in such places as Gotham Writers Workshop, Fairfield Co. Writers Studio, Manhattanville College, and S.U.N.Y Purchase.  Her newest MG novel, Consider the Octopus (co-authored with Gae Polisner) will be published (Henry Holt) April 2022. You can find her at Norabaskin.com

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953