49 In the Beginning
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Granville Island Stage
$17 / $8.50 for school groups
What might begin as a private journal, a way to understand personal events and emotions, sometimes has such power that it demands to be published. Helen Humphreys began Nocturne as a private letter to her deceased brother when grief prevented her from writing fiction. Amber Dawn wrote some of her memoir about her experiences as a sex worker almost a decade ago, then shelved them. “I was terrified,” she admits, but “I knew I had a book.” Priscila Uppal, poet, novelist, anthologist, essayist, felt compelled to write her memoir after an intensely emotional reunion with the mother who had abandoned her. Jowita Bydlowska began Drunk Mom as fiction until she realized she had to own, and own up to, the story. Four writers talk about the starting places for their memoirs and where they’ve arrived as a result.
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