Widening the Lens // Webinar

Let Other Voices Enrich Your Own

Widening the Lens // Webinar

History is always in the air, waiting to inform us. Listening for its stories can help writers tell their own stories more fully.

Every life is interesting, especially when we weave history into our personal stories —be it family legacies, neighborhood landmarks, or the social history that shapes us. Through readings and writing prompts, in this webinar you’ll discover strategies for making family, friends, and strangers want to read on. Topics we will address:

  • How to add factual information that complements (rather than overpowers) the narrative;
  • How including other voices—through interview and dialogue—can enrich both your understanding of what happened to you and your ability to tell it well to others;
  • How memoir can be deepened by putting it “in conversation with” another memoir, real or imagined.

In this webinar, you will:

  • EXPLORE how and why “history” can enrich and deepen first-person stories
  • DISCOVER new tools and structural formats for weaving other voices into one’s personal narrative
  • EXAMINE how successful memoirists develop their stories within a larger historical landscape

There will be time for Q & A at the end of the presentation. 

This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in writing a memoir, short or long, that is set into its larger historical and social context. Open to all levels.


Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

2 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern Time

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.

To request closed-captioning, email Lloyd@creativenonfiction.org.

$15 if registered by 3/14/2021
$25 if registered after 3/14/2021

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

PLEASE NOTE: It may take a little while for us to process your order and send you the link to the webinar. If you haven't received the link by the morning of the date of the webinar, please email us at information@creativenonfiction.org.


About the instructor: Mimi Schwartz is a professor emerita in writing at Richard Stockton University and teaches creative nonfiction and memoir workshops nationwide and abroad. She has published eight books, most recently her narrative nonfiction Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited: New Echoes of My Father’s German Village (University of Nebraska Press, March 2021). Her other books include two essay/memoirs, When History Is Personal (2018) and Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (2002), and her popular Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, coauthored with Sondra Perl. Schwartz’s book Good Neighbors, Bad Times, won the Bronze ForeWord Book Award for Memoir and the New Hampshire Best Literary Nonfiction Award. She has been widely anthologized and ten of her essays have been Notables in the Best American Essays series.


Questions? Please call us at 412-404-2975 or email the director of education, Sharla Yates, at yates@creativenonfiction.org.