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Making the Personal Matter with Rachel DeWoskin
Ann Arbor, MI
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Making the Personal Matter with Rachel DeWoskin
826michigan is proud to present Making the Personal Matter with acclaimed novelist and memoirist Rachel DeWoskin.

Making the Personal Matter with Rachel DeWoskin
Saturday, November 5, 2011
115 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door

All proceeds from the "How to Write Like I Do" workshop series directly benefit 826michigan's free student programming.

How do memoirists expand what's anecdotal into something universal and meaningful? One way is through transitions, usually from personal observations to researched contexts or useful conclusions. In this workshop, we will explore how writers of creative non-fiction shed light on external matters by evaluating and positioning internal matter. We will examine excerpts from essays by Frederick Douglass, Jonathan Franzen, and Virginia Woolf, and work on integrating research and perspective into first-person non-fiction, building narratives that move in contexts that matter.

Rachel DeWoskin spent her twenties in China as a consultant, writer, and the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera. Her memoir of those years, Foreign Babes in Beijing, has been published in six countries and is being developed as a television series by HBO. Her debut novel Repeat After Me, about a young American ESL teacher, a troubled Chinese radical, and their unexpected New York romance, won a Foreward Magazine Book of the Year award. Her most recent novel, Big Girl Small, was published by FSG in May of 2011. Rachel writes non-fiction for Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and Conde Nast Traveler, and has published poems in journals including Ploughshares, Seneca Review, Nerve Magazine and The New Orleans Review. She divides her time between NYC, Chicago, and Beijing with her husband, playwright Zayd Dohrn, and their two little girls.

826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.


826michigan (View)
115 E. Liberty St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
United States


Arts > Literary
Other > Charity

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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