The Workshop: Memoir: Dialectic of Past and Present

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – George Orwell

Memoir allows those who have been left out of the conversation to have their voices heard. However, for many emerging and professional writers, the very nature of a memoir — stuck somewhere between fiction and autobiography — triggers concerns such as: How far back should I go? How important is time and setting? Do I have to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Using my memoir, Blood Sisters, as the model, you will learn the answers to these questions and more as we travel on a step-by-step journey to uncover what it takes to write a memoir that is honest without being cruel and interesting without being self-serving.

*Please bring pen and paper or a laptop


About Billie Travalini

Billie Travalini, a native of Delaware, is a recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts, Her most recent work was published in Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts; Influence and Confluence: East and West; A Global Anthology on the Short Story in English; Another Chicago Magazine, and Selected Stories from the 2016 International Conference of the Short Story in English (English-Chinese). The Delaware Division of the Arts awarded Billie professional fellowships in nonfiction (2015), fiction (2007), and poetry (2004).

She has read her work worldwide, most recently at East China University, the University of Vienna, York University, and The University of Cork.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Delaware and a fellowship graduate of Temple University.

Her memoir, Blood Sisters, was a finalist for the Bakeless Publication Prize and the James Jones Award, and won the Lewes Clark Discovery Prize.

A longtime advocate for at-risk kids and the mentally ill, Billie co-founded and coordinates the Lewes Creative Writers Conference, now in its 10th year, teaches creative writing at Wilmington University, and is busy at work on Rules to Survive Childhood, a sequel to Blood Sisters and Rush Limbaugh and the French Apple Pie and Other Stories.



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Written by Tery Griffin