THE MEMOIR - Schedule
January 13-16, 2000

Please note: Schedule and participants are subject to change. All events take place at the San Carlos Institute, unless otherwise indicated. Transportation is provided, free of charge, when required.

Thursday, January 13
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration, San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval Street
2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Writers' Walks: one hour, one mile guided walking tour of literary Key West. Walks leave from San Carlos.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception at Lucky Street Gallery, 1120 White Street.
Portraits of Our Lives
The exhibit will run throughout the Seminar. The gallery is open daily from 11-5.
7:00 p.m. Trolleys leave from in front of the San Carlos for 15 minute ride to Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Introductory remarks, David Ethridge, President, Key West Literary Seminar

John Hersey Memorial Lecture:

The Truth of Our Lives

presented by Frank McCourt
9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Reception at The Oldest House, bountiful food and refreshments.

Friday, January 14
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and pastries
9:30 - 10:00 The Whole Truth and Nothing But...?

The Landscape of Imagination and Memory

with Patricia Hampl
10:00 - 11:30 Memory Has Its Own Story To Tell
"I have been corrected on some points, mostly of chronology. Also my mother thinks that a dog I describe as ugly was actually quite handsome. I've allowed some of these points to stand, because this is a book of memory, and memory has its own story to tell. But I have done my best to make it tell a truthful story."
        Tobias Wolff, from This Boy's Life
How do we know if it really happened the way we remember it? Does it matter if we make it up?

With Rosemary Bray, Patricia Hampl, Joyce Maynard, Tobias Wolff

Moderated by William Wright
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:00 Family Taboos: Why My Hair Falls Out and My Back Goes Into Spasm

With Nancy Friday
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 3:00 Overcoming Adversity: Can Words Heal?

with Wilfrid Sheed
3:00 - 4:30 Childhood Revisited: Selection, Identification, Transformation: The Creative Process At Work

What Makes Our Stories True? What Makes A Story Worth Telling? What Happens When We Write About Our Past?

with Walter A. De Milly, Lorian Hemingway, Wilfrid Sheed, Geoffrey Wolff

moderated by Madeleine Blais
"I know that the self can be too easy a subject, that candor without the restraint of reticence is so much cheap talk. I know that it's as ugly a lie to be disarmingly hard on oneself as to be charmingly easy."
       Geoffrey Wolff
7:00 - 8:00 Spotlight: New Writers: How I Told My Story

Readings & Discussion

Walter A. De Milly,III
In My Father's Arms: A True Story of Incest
(University of Wisconsin Press), October 1999
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Katherine Russell Rich
The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer...And Back
(Crown Pub.), October 1999
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8:00 - 9:00 Life Under Mao: Living to Tell the Tale

with Anchee Min

Saturday, January 15
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and Pastries
9:30 - 10:00 What It Means to be Black in America Harlem's Ghosts, Mississippi Solo, Africa and Beyond

With Eddy L. Harris
10:00 - 11:30 Roots: How Our Stories Relate to Our Times and Our Cultures

with Rosemary Bray, Patricia Hampl, Eddy L. Harris, Calvin Trillin

moderated by Jane O'Reilly
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:00 You Think You Know Everything! Two Brothers Duke It Out.

with Geoffrey and Tobias Wolff
1:00 - 2:30 Lunch
2:30 - 3:00 Memory In the Service of History: The Imperative To Speak the Truth

with Marie Chaix
3:00 - 4:00 Telling the Painful Truth: Is It Necessary? The Need To Say It All
What are the ethics of talking about family and friends?

with Joyce Maynard
"All my life I had been trying to make sense of my experiences without understanding a crucial piece of my history. I couldn't have said, two years ago, what it was in how I had lived before meeting Jerry Salinger that made his power over me so vast and enduring. I couldn't have said how the events of that year I spent with Jerry shaped what I went on to do with my life. Now it was hitting me in the image of my daughter. All these years, I had been holding on to secrets that kept me from understanding or explaining myself. I knew it was time at last to explore my story.
        Joyce Maynard from At Home in the World
4:00 - 5:00 Informal Gathering of Writers with Timothy Seldes to discuss writing/publishing issues
7:30 - 8:30 Casanova, Frank Harris, and Uncle Harold

with Russell Baker
9:00 - 11:00 Gala Reception, East Martello Museum
(Trolleys leave from San Carlos)

Sunday, January 16
9:00 - 9:30 Coffee and Pastries
9:30 - 10:00 My Father, Myself

with Calvin Trillin
10:00 - 11:30 Favorite Stories: Making Meaning From Life: Beyond the Personal Why Not Fiction?

with Eddy L. Harris, Lorian Hemingway, Calvin Trillin, Tobias Wolff

Moderated by Jane O'Reilly
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:00 Obsession With Personal History: Why Now?
Is Every Story Worth Telling? What Makes A Good Memoir?

with Russell Baker, Nancy Friday, Patricia Hampl, Wilfrid Sheed, Geoffrey Wolff

Moderated by Madelaine Blais
12:00 - 2:00 Reception at the Key West Library, sponsored by Friends of the Library
2:00 - 4:00 Preserving Our History Through Story Memoir: The Literature of Witness

with Rosemary Bray, Marie Chaix, Frank McCourt, Anchee Min

Moderated by William Wright

This panel is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.