Looking Outward: Avoiding the Conventional Memoir (Washington, D.C.)

  • Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C.

Steve WoodwardPaul LisickyBelle Boggs, and Angela Palm All too often, memoir falls into a familiar, conventional pattern of confession and redemption. But how do you tell a personal story when life doesn’t conform to that shape? And how can a writer with a variety of interests incorporate those subjects into a personal narrative? Three Graywolf Press nonfiction authors discuss their approaches to writing about life—and subjects as disparate as infertility, nature, friendship, science, grief, and art—in personal and intimate detail.