Unlike autobiography, memoir is based on the idea that everyone has a story to tell, a story that matters. Writing memoir asks that one awaken and be guided by empathy towards oneself and others. In this way, memoir prompts a journey of self-discovery that enables writers to gain insights into their past. Through lessons in the craft of memoir, the exploration of editorial revisions, and invaluable writing suggestions, participants learn how to develop a writing practice and continue their writing life beyond the session.
Program Leader: Edvige Giunta, Ph.D. Professor of English at New Jersey City University
Edvige Giunta has taught memoir workshops since 1997, guiding many writers through the writing journey. She is Professor of English at New Jersey City University. She has published several books on Italian American literature and culture and was featured in The New York Times and RAI. Her memoir, essays, poems, translations, and flash nonfiction have been published in many anthologies and journals.
This workshop is provided through a Public Scholars Project grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and by the Friends of the South Brunswick Public Library.. Each year, the Council subsidizes at least 200 high-quality public humanities programs for host organizations throughout the state, providing opportunities for New Jersey communities to explore history, values, culture, and beliefs, and to engage in key questions with the support of a scholarly perspective.
You can visit the Council's Calendar of Events to find where other similar programs are being held through-out the state: https://njhumanities.org/events/month/