Writing About Family
Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
There is increasing interest in writing about family, whether to capture fading history before it is lost, as the inspiration for fiction (historical or otherwise), as memoir or biography, etc.
Author Dorothy Rice will share her experiences writing about family members—including her parents, sisters and children—and how she navigates issues of confidentiality, trust, differing views on past events and exposing sensitive topics and history, ideally without damaging relationships.
Dorothy will talk about her inspirations and choices, the lines between fiction and nonfiction and the question of creative license and subjectivity in memoir, particularly when recreating distant events.
She will also provide information on identifying and pursuing markets for creative nonfiction, from flash to longer form.
Dorothy Rice is a Sacramento author whose fiction and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including, The Rumpus, The Saturday Evening Post, Brain, Child magazine, Literary Mama and the Brevity blog. Her first book, The Reluctant Artist, a memoir and art book about her father, Joe Rice (1918 – 2011), a little known artist of many talents, was published by Shanti Arts, a small arts press, in November 2016. At age 60, following a career in environmental protection working for the State Legislature and CalEPA, Dorothy earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside’s low residency program at Palm Desert.
The California Writers Club–Sacramento Branch Networking Meeting is held the first Friday of every month at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), 2216 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova (just north of Highway 50) starting at 9 AM. Meetings are free. Attendees pay for their own breakfast. Get map.
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