Two Truths and a Lie: Writing Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction
Six Mondays from October 6- November 10, 2014, 7PM-9PM at AAWW
Fee: $275 General/$250 AAWW Members
Deposit: $50 General Deposit/$40 Members
Writing from life can be a tricky business. There are people to protect, faulty memories of events, and the pitfalls of self-censorship. In this workshop, we will employ techniques of poetry and fiction to create works of Memoir and Autobiographical Fiction. Through original writing exercises, we will learn literary techniques including character, dialogue, setting and story arc. In our writing, we will draw upon both the truths and lies of our experience because our lives are too rich not to write about and our imaginations too strong to ignore. Every writer will have the opportunity to workshop one original piece. All levels of writers are welcome.
If interested, please e-mail a paragraph about yourself and the writing project you would like to work on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bushra Rehman’s first novel Corona, a dark comedy about being South Asian in the United States, was noted among Poets & Writers Best Debut Fiction and featured in the LA Review of Books among a new wave of South Asian American Literature. Rehman also co-edited the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism which was included in Ms. Magazine’s “100 Best Non-Fiction Books of All Time.” Her writing has been featured in numerous anthologies and journals. She has taught creative writing for over 15 years at organizations including Teacher & Writers Collaborative, Urban Word NYC and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Check out her website.
What Writers are Saying About “Two Truths a Lie”
This class was an invaluable tool for combining reflection and creative energy. Bushra created an environment that was stimulating, challenging, and accepting all at once. This space opened up imaginative channels that had been blocked for years. This class helped lay the groundwork for a writing practice that will stretch well beyond these weeks. I'm so thankful for this space that brings all kinds of people together, and makes new writing and thinking possible!
The workshop legitimizes the stories we tell with a supportive, diverse cast of eager readers. Bushra has the ability to govern a group into a family. An adjective to describe Two Truths and a Lie is: reformative.
-Pio Tsai, Writer
Two Truths was a reinvigorating experience for me as a writer. Bushra guided us in learning and experimenting with tools of the craft, and always made sure to set aside a chunk of time to actually write during workshop. She shared lots of resources with us and I loved the reading selections she curated with our interests in mind. It was a great experience to help co-create a community of writers where each person's work was given the time to be critiqued in detail, in a way that both supports you and pushes you to grow.
- Noelle de la Paz, Writer..
Among the many characters in The Scatter Here Is Too Great, Bilal Tanweer's new novel, is the city of Karachi itself: its diverse, thriving population. The episodic novel follows a series of characters and voices after a bomb goes off at Karachi Cantt station. Sadia Shepard will show an excerpt of her gorgeous film cycle The Other Half of Tomorrow, focusing of feminist organizing in Karachi. Durba Mitra will moderate the evening, bringing to it her research on South Asian histories.
Sadia Shepard is a Pakistani-American documentary film producer and author based in New York City. Shepard produced The Education of Mohammad Hussain, a portrait of a traditional Muslim school in Detroit, MI. She also produced The September Issue, an inside look at Vogue, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Times of India, Wall Street Journal Magazine and The New York Times. Shepard’s first book, The Girl From Foreign, was published by The Penguin Press in 2008.
Bilal Tanweer was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. His fiction, poetry, and translations have appeared in various international journals, including Granta, Vallum, The Caravan, and Words Without Borders. He was selected as a Granta New Voice in 2011 and was named an Honorary Fellow of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
Durba Mitra, Assistant Professor of South Asian History at Fordham, is interested in the role of sexuality in the intellectual and cultural histories of modern South Asia. Her current project investigates how the figure of the sexually deviant woman, often depicted as the prostitute, was central in the making of a new sociological imagination in Bengal in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She specializes in the social and intellectual histories of Modern South Asia, histories of sexuality, the history of science and medicine, the history of women and gender, and comparative histories of marginality and difference. Image above: Bus art, Karachi.
Photo by Andreas Burgess.
Hamlet, The Beatles, the LA Rebellion, the War in Iraq: Luis H. Francia's new book, Tattered Boat, moves across his many interests with a careful and confident eye. Poet, translator, and activist Jennifer Hayashida will parse the poems and politics. Francia will also be joined on stage by two younger poets sharing their work: Efran Cruzada and Kevin Estrada.
Luis H. Franciais the author of several poetry collections, includingThe Beauty of Ghosts, Museum of Absences, and Tattered Boat. His memoir, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award and the Asian American Writers Award. He is the co-editor of Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999.Jennifer Hayashida, a poet and translator, was born in Oakland, CA, and grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm and San Francisco. She received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and has an M.F.A. in poetry from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She is the recipient of a PEN Translation Fund Grant, a Witter Bynner Poetry Translator Residency, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow.
Efran Cruzada was born in the Philippines and grew up in Texas. A poet, fiction writer, and philosopher, he studied English Literature and Creative writing at NYU, attending workshops taught by Matthew Rohrer, Geoffrey Nutter, Rachel Zucker, Meghan O'Rourke, and Anne Carson. He is revising a manuscript of poems, writing a book-length long poem, and working on a novel. His work has been published in Headless and West 4th Street Review. He currently resides in New York.
Kevin Estrada moved to Brooklyn from Daly City, CA in 2005. He graduated from the University of California, Davis where he studied English Literature and met Gary Snyder. Along with publishing several poetry collections with ILOAN Books, his work has appeared in the Aurora Review and Amistad.
Co-presented by Filipino American Museum...