Jessica Handler, author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013), will lead a memoir workshop at Peachtree City Library on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop, entitled “There’s More Than ‘Me’ in Memoir,” is open to writers of all levels. There is a $25 registration fee, which includes lunch.
A good memoir tells a story, but in order to capture the reader’s heart and imagination, the very best memoirs place the author’s personal story within the beauty and tragedy of the larger world. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to develop their memoir so that it resonates not only with themselves, but with readers everywhere.
Handler’s memoir, Invisible Sisters, was named the “Best Memoir of 2009” by Atlanta Magazine and “one of eight great southern books” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Invisible Sisters is now listed as one of the “25 Books All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book. Handler wrote her next book, Braving the Fire, after she started teaching workshops about the challenges and rewards in writing about grief and loss.
Handler earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.) and a B.S. in communication from Emerson College in Boston. Her essays and features have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine.
Honors for Handler’s writing include residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize.
The memoir workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Peachtree City Library. Registration forms are available online and at Peachtree City Library.