The Examined Self: Memoir Writing
Instructor: Robert J. Hughes
Friday, July 12, 2019   -   Thursday, July 25, 2019

For many writers, the line between memoir and fiction is fluid—and more and more authors use elements of both in their work. Both memoir and fiction involve crafting a compelling narrative, and novels as well as memoirs are often shaped from the writer’s own experiences. In this course, Bob Hughes, a novelist, playwright, memoirist and former Wall Street Journal reporter, helps students as they write their narratives as fiction or memoir. For each, the goal is the same: to achieve evocative and honest prose. Hughes is a well-regarded novelist (Late and Soon, The Rectory) and playwright (the coming Sight Lines), and is currently writing a memoir on his life in France (Parisian on Purpose). Hughes helps writers find and amplify their voice so that regardless of their approach – whether it’s memoir or fiction – their writing sings.

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Robert J. Hughes is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, who specialized in cultural coverage, and is a novelist whose Late and Soon (Carroll & Graf) was praised by writers such as Adriana Trigiani and Edmund White for its beautiful prose and depth of characterization. He works as a writer on a variety of projects, from ghostwriting to playwriting, and lives between New York and Paris.