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Panel discussion with authors Cornelia Maude Spelman and Angela Jackson on Monday, April 11
Your Story: Is it a Memoir or Novel?
From Experience to Book
Panel discussion with authors Cornelia Maude Spelman and Angela Jackson
Monday, April 11
Ver Steeg Lounge, Northwestern University Library
"Write what you know"—somewhere at this very moment a creative writing student is being
told to draw on her experience to write her first assignment. Those who
continue to write, and publish, use their lives as an inspiration and
resource. With the rise of the memoir and creative non-fiction as popular
categories, the aspiring writer faces a dilemma over how to tell her story. Northwestern University Press authors Cornelia Maude Spelman (Missing: A Memoir) and Angela
Jackson (Where I Must Go: A Novel) discuss their experiences and their decisions in publishing, respectively, a memoir and a novel.