WriteSpace Jerusalem presents
WRITING MEMOIR: PLACE AND PERSON
with award-winning author & lecturer, ILANA BLUMBERG
November 3, 09:30-15:15
Who we are is shaped powerfully by where we are. Our homes and streets and neighborhoods, our childhood towns or cities, are more than just the "setting"; they make some lives and life choices possible, and others impossible.
In this workshop, we will consider the relationship between who we understand ourselves to be, the places we have found and find ourselves, and the actions or events that have happened and can happen in those places. We will also think about what travel, or relocation, can mean for our identities. Together, we will look at some models of this sort of writing and experiment with writing it ourselves.
Readings will be sent out two weeks in advance of the seminar.
Ilana Blumberg is the incoming director of the Shaindy Rudoff Program in Creative Writing at Bar Ilan University where she teaches creative nonfiction. She is the author of Houses of Study: a Jewish Woman among Books (U Nebraska Press, 2007; Bison Books, 2009), winner of the 2007 Sami Rohr Choice Award and finalist for both the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies and the Moment Magazine Award for Emerging Writers. She is the author of the scholarly monograph Victorian Sacrifice: Ethics and Economics in Mid-Century Novels (Ohio State UP, 2015) and has published widely on Victorian literature. Ilana won teaching awards from the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University before joining the English Department of Bar Ilan University in 2014. She lives in Jerusalem with her family.
Cost: 400 NIS (450 NIS on the door). This includes light snacks and tea/coffee (not lunch).
Location: Talbiya, Jerusalem (more details upon registration).
Timing: Doors open 09:00 for prompt 09:30 start. There will be a 45-minute break for lunch (BYO).