Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, Thayer Memorial Library
Memoir: Finding and Shaping your Story, with Paul Hertneky

 Writing personal narrative demands that we find the truth, use stories to support it, and reveal it in a way that matters to the reader.

Paul Hertnecky presents powerful lessons for memoirists on techniques and strategies for arresting the attentions of readers and “never letting go.”

Writers will get the most benefit from this session by reading Vivian Gornick’s The Situation and the Story beforehand.

Paul HertkeyIn Paul Hertneky’s RUST BELT BOY: Stories of an American Childhood the author counts himself among the millions of Baby Boomers who fled the industrial north upon fulfilling their parents’ dreams of a college education, leaving behind a rich cultural legacy that has all but disappeared.

Over twenty-five years, Paul Hertneky has written stories, essays, and scripts for the  Boston Globe, Athens News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette New Hampshire Union Leader, NBC News, The Comedy Channel, Gourmet, Eating Well, Traveler’s Tales, The Exquisite Corpse, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Adbusters and many more. His work centers on culture, food, industry, the environment, and travel, winning him a Solas Award, and two James Beard Award nominations. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he serves on the faculty of Chatham University.