Writers to explore magic of memoirs

Amy E. Wallen will explore “Digging for the Truth in All Our Stories, or How to Get Fiction and Memoir to Play Nicely” at the April 5 Ridge Writers meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is invited, and admission is free.

As a novelist, she came to memoir reluctantly, but when a memory emerged as a fiction her own mind had made up, she had no choice but to mine the Truth. She’ll share how and why she wrote a memoir, what her family thinks of it, what “toys” from fiction she shares with nonfiction and what new games she had to learn.

The associate director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute, Wallen has authored a bestselling novel and the recent “When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories.” Her essays have been published in The Gettysburg Review and The Normal School and anthologized in “The Shell Game” and other national magazines. She also facilitates 200-page manuscript weekend workshops at her home in San Diego.

At 2 p.m. that day, she will discuss “Ghouls” over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage. For this event, participants must sign up in advance at Red Rock Books. The $35 admission fee includes the book, tea, scone, conversation group with Wallen and entry in a gift basket drawing. The two programs will not duplicate each other.

Story First Published: 2018-03-30