This course is designed for students who have a book-length manuscript and wish to delve more deeply into issues of structure, style, and voice. We will read three books as models for different ways of shaping and writing memoir –She Matters by Susanna Sonnenberg, Adventures of Cancer Bitch by S.L.Wisenberg, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn. We may look at other short pieces, but all of these will be provided in class. The goal of this course is to take your completed manuscript to the next level. We will also discuss different avenues of publication.
Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA)and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press). A former Fulbright scholar, she was educated at Harvard University, Trinity College-Dublin, Saint Olaf College, and the University of Texas-Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She has received awards and recognition for her work from The Atlantic Monthly,StoryQuarterly, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Fundacion Valparaiso, and Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth writer-in-residence. Her blog, http://ourlittleseal.wordpress.com, was named by TIME as one of the top 25 blogs of 2012. Her work has appeared in VOGUE, The New York Times, The Sun, Salon, Slate, the Huffington Post, TIME, Body+Soul, Bodega, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. She is a regular contributor for The Rumpus and Role/Reboot. She has taught writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and 24PearlStreet. She is a core faculty member in the MFA program at University of California-Riverside. This is her third year in Taos.