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The Tribal Knot

Rebecca'a newest nonfiction book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change is now available from Indiana University Press and Amazon.

Tribal Knot

Suggested Literary Events to Coincide With

The Tribal Knot:
A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change



WORKSHOP
Title: Making Their Stories Your Own: Shaping The Raw Material of Family History

Description: Whether you've inherited boxes of letters, photos, artifacts, and documents, or only a few stories passed down to you, this multi-genre workshop will help you begin to shape the raw material of family history into an engaging and artful text. Drawing on her experience in writing essays, poems, and, most recently, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, Rebecca McClanahan discusses the challenges and rewards of family history writing and offers suggestions for the journey. Specific topics include selecting and arranging significant details, fleshing out characters, providing historical or cultural context, employing speculation and reflection, choosing the best structure, and discovering themes and patterns of meaning.

Audience: Anyone interested in family or cultural history, memoir, or the writing craft

Duration: Evening or half-day (3 hours) OR full day (6 hours, with lunch break)

Workshop Leader: Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books of nonfiction, essays, poetry, and writing instruction, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and literature fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan conducts readings and workshops throughout the United States and teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University (Charlotte) and Rainier Writing Workshop (Tacoma).



CRAFT LECTURE
Title: Making Their Stories Your Own: Shaping The Raw Material of Family History

Description: Drawing on her experience in writing essays, poems, and, most recently, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, Rebecca McClanahan discusses the challenges and rewards of family history writing and offers specific suggestions for the journey. Specific topics include selecting and arranging significant details, fleshing out characters, providing historical or cultural context, employing speculation and reflection, choosing the best structure, and discovering themes and patterns of meaning.

Audience: Anyone interested in family or cultural history, memoir, or the writing craft

Duration: 40-60 minutes

Speaker: Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books of nonfiction, essays, poetry, and writing instruction, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and literature fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan conducts readings and workshops throughout the United States and teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University (Charlotte) and Rainier Writing Workshop (Tacoma).



READING AND CRAFT DISCUSSION

Description: Rebecca McClanahan reads from her newest book, The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change, and discusses the challenges and rewards of creating literary texts from the raw material of family history. Audience: Anyone interested in family or cultural history, memoir, or the writing craft

Duration: 40-60 minutes

Speaker: Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books of nonfiction, essays, poetry, and writing instruction, including Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and literature fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council, McClanahan conducts readings and workshops throughout the United States and teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University (Charlotte) and Rainier Writing Workshop (Tacoma).

The Tribal Knot

Essays adapted from
The Tribal Knot

  • "Everywhere at Once, 1903" forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Winter 2013
  • "The Tribal Knot: Ties that Bind and Break Us" appeared in The Kenyon Review, Winter 2009
  • "Hope and Wait: A Chapter from the Family Archives"(1918) appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Summer 2012