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Oral History as Spontaneous Literature: Writing the Life History

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Columbia University, Knox Hall

606 W 122nd Street

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Oral History as Spontaneous Literature: Writing the Life History, Nyssa Chow

This workshop is for those interested in writing narrative nonfiction from Oral Histories. We will look at the oral history as an act of spontaneous literature - one that contains both the individual story, and the larger history. How do we design a narrative frame that will contain a life history? We will explore this question through in-class writing, listening exercises and the close reading of examples from literature.

Nyssa Chow is a writer, new media storyteller, and educator. She is a professor in the Columbia University Oral History Masters Program, and the current Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University.

She is the 2018 Recipient of the PEN/Jean Stein for Literary Oral History, won for the book project, Still.Life. The project also won the Columbia University Jeffrey H. Brodsky Oral History Award. She is a graduate of the Columbia University’s MFA program, and the Columbia University Oral History Masters program.

*For our oral history workshops, please pay what you can. We suggest $30 for students, recent graduates, or others who are financially constrained, while we suggest that professionals and those with more resources should pay more. All profits from these events go towards our annual merit scholarship for an OHMA student. Please note that OHMA applicants can get their admission fee waived if they attend a workshop.

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