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Present Tense .5 Faking It: The Problem with Authenticity and Sincerity in the Memoir
December 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
with Robin Hemley
Are memoir and autobiography always the same, or does memoir belong to neither nonfiction nor fiction? What is the autobiographical pact and what is the authenticity effect? In the final present tense for the year, we’ll stride confidently through this minefield of reader expectation and authorial deceit, blowing ourselves up repeatedly.
RMIT Adjunct Professor Robin Hemley has published eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, winning many awards for his work including three Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For nine years, he directed The Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He is currently Director of the Writing Program at Yale-NUS in Singapore, where he is also Writer-in-Residence, and a Professor Emeritus at The University of Iowa. Robin is Founder of the international NonfictioNOW Conference.
Tues 5 December
RMIT Design Hub
Cnr Swanston and Victoria streets
This event is free but registration is essential. Register here.