Sarah Van Arsdale is the author of four books of fiction, and one book of poetry. In 2016, her novella collection, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, was published by Queen’s Ferry Press. Her second novel, Blue, was chosen by Alan Cheuse for the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize. She will have an essay on setting in fiction in a forthcoming issue of the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, and a memoir essay in a forthcoming issue of Bayou Magazine; her illustrated essay, The One Devious Device appeared in The Florida Review this year.
Her poetry, essays, short fiction and book reviews have appeared in literary magazines including The Writer, Guernica, Passages North, The Poetry Miscellany, The Widener Review, and The New Guard. In addition to teaching in the Antioch/LA low-residency MFA program, she teaches at New York University and with Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy. From 2007 to 2009, with the New York Institute of Art and Design, she developed a course in creative writing. She curates BLOOM, a reading series in New York City, and she serves on the board of the Ferro-Grumley Award in LGBTQ Fiction. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In this unique class, we’ll discuss what factors will make your memoir compelling, both in the writing and in the visual images. We’ll discuss traditional elements of narrative, including narrative strategies and points of craft, but we’ll focus on your own story, and we’ll push the envelope of what it means to use visual illustrations.