Conference Non-Fiction Writing Workshop with Ira Sukrungruang:
How to Make Your Life Matter
Annie Dillard says that memoirists are minor historians. As a memoirist, not only are we responsible in telling our story, but also the story of our culture. Why do our lives matter? Why does the writing of our lives matter? In this time period of political and social upheaval, how can the story of the lives of people elevate the social consciousness of our culture? Participants of this workshop will discuss the pitfalls and beauty of the contemporary memoir, and also locate themselves not only in the life of their stories but the mind of their stories.
Ira Sukrungruang is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is the editor of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and teaches in the MFA program at University of South Florida. For more information about him, please visit: www.sukrungruang.com.