Writers’ topic: using fiction with memoir

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 Aug. 2 Ridge Writers meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. The group will meet at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is invited, and admission is free.

As a novelist, Wallen 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 shared 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 in other national magazines. She also facilitates 200-page manuscript weekend workshops at her home in San Diego.

Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., she will discuss “Ghouls” over tea and scones at My Enchanted Cottage. For this, participants must sign up in advance at Red Rock Books.

The public is invited and the cost of $35 includes the book, tea, scone, conversation group with Wallen and entry in a gift basket drawing.

The two August 2 programs will not duplicate each other.

Ridge Writers (CWC-ridgewriters.org) is the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club.

Story First Published: 2018-07-20