Family History Writing Workshop
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7pm
Making the Past Come Alive: Introduction to Writing from Family History
Mondays, April 16, 23 & 30, May 7 & 14, 7–9pm
Alexandra Zapruder, Instructor
We all have fascinating characters in our family history. In this 5-week writing workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to turn those funny, dramatic, or heart-wrenching stories that have been passed down through generations into a book, memoir, or essay.
You’ll gain an understanding of the key tools of creative non-fiction writing, like how to find universal themes in personal stories, identify story arcs, and make important choices about scope, voice, and structure. You’ll also learn techniques for research and interviewing, strategies for pulling the dramatic threads through your family history, do weekly writing assignments, and read examples of successful family history writing.
As an introductory course, this workshop is for writers who are early on in their idea or process, even those who haven’t yet put pen to paper. Although this workshop emphasizes creative non-fiction writing, many of the tools and techniques covered apply to fiction writing as well.
This workshop is presented in conjunction with Iron & Coal, the world-premiere theatrical concert by Jeremy Schonfeld. Iron & Coal explores Schonfeld’s look at his father’s life as shaped by time spent in Auschwitz during the Holocaust.
About the Instructor: Alexandra Zapruder
A graduate of Smith College and Harvard University, Zapruder began her career serving on the curatorial team of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.
Zapruder’s first book, Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust (2002), won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She wrote and co-produced I’m Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on her book, which was nominated for two Emmy awards.
Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film (2016), Zapruder’s second book, tells the story of her grandfather’s home movie of President Kennedy’s assassination.
Zapruder consults on educational projects related to the Holocaust, continues to write, and speaks to students, teachers, and the public about her books.
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