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Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption is a meditation on what we hold onto, what we let go of, how we remember others and how we’re remembered. Author Deborah Cohan, a native Clevelander and professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, will break down the advanced craft techniques that helped her write the story of caring for her father, a man who was simultaneously adoring and abusive, while leveraging in her expertise as a sociologist and domestic abuse counselor to address broader life questions.
This advanced craft talk explores the following issues: writing about family secrets; using professional expertise for crafting memoir; writing unconventional memoirs that build on first person essays; using the technique of the object correlative, etc. Cohan will explain how craft can be used to break silences and draw larger meaning from a personal story. Expect spirited discussion, writing prompts, readings from the book, and time for Q&A with this talented visiting writer.
Please note the change of location to Lake Erie Ink.
Deborah J. Cohan is a professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, a contributing writer for Psychology Today online, a frequent contributor to Inside Higher Ed, and is regularly featured as an expert for national media on a range of social issues. Her first book is Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption (Rutgers University Press 2020).