The Lives of Others: Writing the biography, memoir, or family history with Anne Zimmerman (7/31 – 8/21)

Anne Zimmerman

Instructor: Anne Zimmerman
Contact: zimmerman_anne@yahoo.com
Number of sessions: 4
Meeting time: Tuesday nights, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Dates: 7/31 – 8/21

Course fee: $260 for the session. $100 deposit.

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are nonrefundable.

Description: This course is intended for writers who want to strengthen their ability to move beyond the “I” and into the careful and rich exploration of other people. Gripping non-fiction has structure: A strong narrative, sense of place, intriguing characters, and conflict. In this course, students will learn to craft compelling prose about real-life people and events. Your work may be personal (memoir or family history), biographical, or illuminate a fascinating cultural or historical moment.  As a student in the class, you’ll learn how to gather facts, interpret the truth, structure your work, and interrogate the silences. You’ll end with a collection of work that isn’t simply a recording of facts, but facts shaped into a story with a clear voice, plot line, and range of emotions. Your work will be ready for the next step: A New Yorker worthy profile, or even a full-length book.

This class is geared towards writers who have a non-fiction subject/topic that they are eager to explore in depth. You don’t have to be an expert writer, but you must bring a curious and eager mind to this class — some outside writing, research, and thinking will be required!

Instructor Bio: Anne Zimmerman’s first book, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher, is the product of extensive research at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library. She has compiled and introduced two subsequent collections of Fisher’s work: Love In A Dish and Other Culinary Delights (Penguin UK and Counterpoint Press in 2011), and M.F.K. Fisher: Musings on Wine  and Other Libations (Sterling Epicure, 2012). She has written for Culinate, The Kitchn, Tasting Table, Diner’s Journal, Gayot, and is the San Francisco Editor for Blackboard Eats.