It’s been said that the implied, invisible last line of every story—whether fiction or nonfiction—should be “and nothing was ever the same again” and I think that’s about right. I want to feel that something is at stake in the stories I read and write, that the main character in fiction or author in memoir has, in the course of the narrative, come to understand something new about the self, others, the world, or all three. This sense of transformation is achieved through the well-crafted and considered art of revelation, which I consider the emotional plot of a story or memoir, a cascade of truths that allow writers to narrate not just what happened but what it meant. In this lecture I’ll discuss how we create meaningful and credible revelations in prose forms both fictional and nonfictional.
Author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild (Alfred A. Knopf), the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things (Vintage Books), and the novel Torch (Houghton Mifflin), Cheryl Strayed will present a seminar as part of the Master of Fine Arts Summer Residency.
This event will take place in the Myers Convocation Center.
Contact the English Department for additional information.