Readers often think novels are veiled memoirs and memoirs are fictionalized lives. But the two forms are so different when it comes to their writing processes and what ultimately lands on the page. Please join brand-new memoirist and our own literary seminar teacher Mark Scarbrough in conversation with Salisbury resident and novelist Helen Klein Ross for a conversation about the differences between their forms: how narrative changes its rules between novels and memoirs and how writers negotiate the challenges of presenting something that’s realer than true or truer than real. Mark’s new memoir, “BOOKMARKED: HOW THE GREAT WORKS OF WESTERN LITERATURE F*CKED UP MY LIFE”, has just been published. Helen Klein Ross is the bestselling author of “WHAT WAS MINE” and “THE LATECOMERS”. Come discover how writing a memoir bears only a tangential but still important relation with writing a novel.
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