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Bronx Memoir Project Workshop – “Family Trouble: Writing about Family in Creative Nonfiction”

March 7 @ 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


Writing our lives often means writing about our families. Family is our first mirror and how we first define ourselves, and that’s why writing about them is one of the trickiest aspects of memoir writing. We can’t get away from these people and how they’ve shaped us, but how fair is it to put them in our stories? How does a writer handle writing about family with honesty and respect?

In this generative class, we will examine how writers have tackled writing about family and explore craft techniques that can help us in writing about the people who love us the most and have hurt us the worst.

About Vanessa Mártir, Instructor

Vanessa Mártir is a NYC based writer, educator and mama. She is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings, and chronicles the journey at vanessamartir.blog. A five-time VONA/Voices and two-time Tin House fellow, Vanessa’s work has been widely published, including in The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, the VONA/Voices Anthology, Dismantle, and the NYTimes Bestselling anthology Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay, among others. Vanessa is the founder of the Writing Our Lives Workshop, which she teaches in NYC and online.



March 7
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Bronx Council on the Arts
718 931 9500


NYPL | Kingsbridge
291 W 231st Street
Bronx,NY10463United States
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