10/26: Fall For Writing: Memoir: Writing About Illness with Thomas Larson

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NOTE: ADVANCED REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE ENDS FRI 10/25 IN THE AFTERNOON.  
PLEASE REGISTER AT THE DOOR ON SATURDAY OR SUNDAY FOR THE SAME LOW PRICES.

This session will be part of our FALL FOR WRITING conference. You can register to attend on this page or save money by signing up for UP TO 10 SESSIONS at this link.fallforwriting-sdwi2013-smaller

With the publication The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease (Hudson Whitman Press), Thomas Larson is offering a new workshop, “Writing About Illness.” The workshop is open to all, from beginner to professional, writers and people in the medical profession.

Among the writing issues covered:

  • writing in the illness versus after, that is, during recovery;

  • writing about those we love who are suffering an illness;

  • sharing a difficult condition with others who cannot know what we’ve endured;

  • tailoring the writing to those with the ailment or to a broader audience;

  • reflecting on why some of us get more or less of the brunt of our condition;

  • how an illness expresses a culture, a society, a healthcare system, a generation;

  • choosing a style of illness narrative with which to work;

  • publishing our work by targeting communities of readers;

  • and using video and podcasts as methods to spread the message.

This workshop also features readings from published illness narratives, handouts on narrative technique, an annotated list of illness memoirs, and more. For more information, please go here.

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Journalist, critic, and memoirist, Thomas Larson is the author of three books: The Sanctuary of Illness, January 2014 from Hudson Whitman, The Saddest Music Ever Written and The Memoir and the Memoirist. He is a staff writer for the San Diego Reader, and he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Nonfiction at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio. His essay-series, “The Social Author,” is running at Guernica. His website is www.thomaslarson.com.