Afternoon Craft Conversation: Joyce Maynard
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“THE ANATOMY OF A PERSONAL ESSAY” by Joyce Maynard
As an author who has published over a thousand personal essays, Joyce Maynard says the form of the short personal narrative (“a story that is about something small, and something big, at the same time”) remains a favorite in her writing life. In this talk, Maynard will work through, beginning to end, the process of creating a seventeen hundred word essay, from the raw material of the experience to the final piece of work. She’ll talk about all the old favorites; point of entry, structure, arc, conflict and resolution, the concept of locating “a container”, and talk about the decisions she made In the crafting of the essay she’ll explore with the audience.
Joyce Maynard is the author of sixteen books including the novels To Die For and Labor Day (both adapted for film) and the best-selling memoir, At Home in the World—translated into seventeen languages.