Public Engagement Project - Mimi Schwartz, "Beyond the 'I': When Memoir Meets History," a talk and workshop


Thursday, March 07, 2019, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Beyond the ‘I’: When Memoir Meets History

by Mimi Schwartz


Personal narrative helps to put a face on social issues, an idea at the heart of Mimi Schwartz’s essay collection, When History Is Personal. In it, Schwartz explores 25 moments that have mattered in her life, mid 20th century to today, each heightened by the history and politics that shape them—from immigration to assimilation, the women’s movement, social justice, and end-of-life issues. In this combined talk and writing workshop, participants discover the power of memoir to illuminate official history, especially in our polarized age. Through in-class exercises, they also explore the potentials of combining memoir and social history in their own writing.

Mimi Schwartz is Professor Emerita in Writing at Richard Stockton University and the author, most recently, of When History Is Personal (University of Nebraska Press, March 2018). Her other books include the award-winning Good Neighbors, Bad Times- Echoes of My Father’s German Village; Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed; and she is co-author of the popular Writing True, The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. A winner of a ForeWord Book Award for Memoir (2008) and the New Hampshire Best Literary Nonfiction Award (2008), she has been widely anthologized and ten of her essays have been Notables in the Best American Essays series.

Attendance is by registration only.  Deadline: Monday March 4 at 11.59 p.m.  Register HERE.

RDJC Bldg., First Floor Conference Room, 162 Ryders Lane, Douglass Campus