This roundtable discussion will explore the ethical, practical and emotional issues that we face when we write about real people in our lives, all of whom are bound to have strong feelings about the way they are depicted on the page. Evaluating our own ethical and artistic choices, and coming to terms with their responses (as well as our fear of potential responses), becomes more pressing as we move from personal writing toward publication.
Our Roundtable, with writing teacher and 7-time author, Laura Davis (The Courage to Heal, I Thought We’d Never Speak Again, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be) will address the following questions:
• As a memoir writer, how much do I need to consider other people’s desire for privacy?
• What, if anything, do I owe the people I write about?
• How should I weigh the potential cost of telling my story with my strong desire to tell it?
• What matters more–my relationships or my story?
• What’s the one question you need to be able to answer before your memoir is published?
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Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Laura’s groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies around the world. Laura has also worked as a columnist, talk show host, radio reporter, radio producer, blogger, editor, and speaker.
Currently, Laura teaches writing workshops and memoir classes in Santa Cruz, California, and leads retreats at Esalen and other Northern California locations. Her “Write, Travel, Transform” retreats bring writers to a variety of international locations. Each spring, she leads a writing and yoga retreat to Bali. In August, she is taking a group to Scotland to write at a Victorian mansion in the Scottish Highlands. Future destinations will include Greece, and Vietnam & Cambodia.
You can also work with Laura online for free through her Writer’s Journey Roadmap community. If you sign up at www.lauradavis.net/roadmap, you will get an evocative weekly writing prompt in your inbox each week, along with an invitation to post your response as a member of her free, lively, supportive online writing community.
You can learn more about Laura’s retreats, classes and books at www.lauradavis.net.
Links: for Scotland: http://www.lauradavis.net/cometoscotland
THE WRITING RETREAT OF YOUR DREAMS GOES TO SCOTLAND–Join bestselling author Laura Davis for a transformative retreat in the heart of Scotland. Sink into the deep peace and unparalleled beauty of the enchanting Scottish Highlands. During your 10 days in this magical land, you will be immersed in the profound quiet necessary for deep writing. August 10-20, 2013. http:www.lauradavis.net/cometoscotland