CANCELED - L409 Summer 2020 Memoir as an Art Form: Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, July 7–July 14
Instructors: Beth Lambert, Nancy Scheeler
Writing a memoir is not an uncomplicated exercise. Yes, the material is readily at hand: one’s life. Yet the working of that material means putting it into an art form. Few can describe that process as well as Mary Karr who wrote the award-winning memoir, The Liars’ Club. Twenty years later, in The Art of the Memoir, Karr dissects the ways and means to bring one’s experiences to life on the page. Instructors will use The Art of the Memoir to facilitate (and enliven) discussions of Karr’s The Liars’ Club which students are asked to read ahead of time. Note: there are disturbing passages in The Liars’ Club, but they are handled tastefully.
Beth Lambert is a professor emerita from Gettysburg College, and has taught English literature and 18th century history courses for OLLI. At Gettysburg College she taught courses in autobiography and biography.
Nancy Scheeler completed coursework for a PhD in literature at the University of Maryland. She teaches literature classes at OLLI, and co-leads the Reston Book Club. She is a member of the Program Committee overseeing all planning for OLLI. She served six years on the OLLI’s Board of Directors.