When you write about family, do you keep the composition process--or the very existence of the work—to yourself? Or has dialogue with family ever become part of the narrative? Beginning with David Sedaris’ essay “Repeat After Me,” we’ll explore how other writers have navigated the dilemmas of writing about family, then share our personal essays and individual questions in a supportive workshop format. Topics include portraying yourself and your family with complexity and compassion, discovering the larger questions that connect your story to the world, and figuring out where to spend next Thanksgiving.
Amy Breau is a writer and registered nurse whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Cleveland Magazine and on the popular science public radio spot A Moment of Science. She studied poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts and was a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow with the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, funded by a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.