Writing and the Agitation of Memory with Alison Clement

Monday, November 16, 2015

6:30–8:30 PM (sign-up starts at 6:15)
First Presbyterian Church
114 SW 8th Street (enter Dennis Hall off the 9th Street parking lot behind the church)
Corvallis, Oregon

Writer Alison Clement, WWotR’s November guest speaker, first wants to remind us of a couple of definition for the word “agitate”: 1) to move or stir up 2) to disturb.

Alison will help us look at the use of memory in both fiction and nonfiction writing. She’ll guide us in writing exercises to create brief autobiographical sketches, which can become the basis for longer pieces. We’ll talk about the use fiction writers make of characters, events, and stories from their private lives. We’ll also discuss memoir as a way to explore the nature of memory, and consider the difference between getting the facts right and telling something that’s true.

AlisonClementAlison Clement is the author of Pretty Is As Pretty Does (MacAdam/Cage, 2001) and Twenty Questions (Washington Square Press, 2006). Pretty was both a Barnes and Nobles Discover Great New Writers and BookSense selection. Twenty Questions won an Oregon Book Award for fiction. Her work has appeared in The Sun, The Alaska Quarterly Review, High Country News, and Salon. One of her short stories was chosen by Stephen King as a notable in Best American Short Stories 2007. Another was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship and a Joyce Carol Oates Graduate Commencement Award. In 2014, Clement earned an MFA from Oregon State University and now teaches writing at Linn-Benton Community College. You can read Clement’s blog post about memoir here: https://alisonclement.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/memoire-masculine-a-special-use-of-memoire-feminine-memory/. You can also follow her on Twitter, if you do that sort of thing.
Willamette Writers on the River (WWotr) is the Corvallis-area chapter of Willamette Writers. This meeting is open to all, and free to members of Willamette Writers and to full-time students. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend. No one is turned away.

Coming in December at WWotR:
• December 21, 2015 —  Quarterly Reading — our traditional “Open Mic” event. Read your work out loud in front of everyone.

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