Teaching Life Writing in the 21st Century | Newberry

Teaching Life Writing in the 21st Century

Thursday, January 27, 2022

9:30am - 12:30pm

The Newberry Library

Dr. Aaron Greenberg, Biograph LLC, School of the Art Institute Chicago
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Life writing includes the genres of (auto-)biography, memoir, confession, diaries, journals, and social media posts. It is a way of life, a creative practice, and a performative invitation of past, present, and future selves. As an essential skill of self-representation, life writing is an ideal mode for students and teachers to explore the roles of (self-)knowledge, memory, time, authority, and experience in creating individual and collective identities. This seminar will engage key figures across the span of life writing, including Frederick Douglass. Selected pre-assigned foundational texts will prepare participants to write their own lives through guided exercises that can be shared with students. Finally, we will experiment with innovative tools for life writing in the 21st century, including voice-based composition.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 10, 2021 at 8 a.m. (Central Time). Registration instructions and pricing information can be found here. Once open, registration for this seminar will be available through this link. For more information about NTC purchases, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at harrimanc@newberry.org.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for the seminars, as well as instructions for accessing virtual seminars, will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff at teacherprograms@newberry.org.