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August 2020: How To Write an Autobiographical Novel - Essays

  • The Curse - Chee immerses himself in a culture so different than the ones he comes from, and finds that he quickly assimilates. What response did you have to his "passing"? Have there been times when passing could feel advantageous? Have there been times where it's felt uncomfortable?

  • The Querent - Did you have familiarity with Tarot before this essay? Are there spiritual crafts that come from your family and culture? Why do you think Chee continued to come back to Tarot reading?

  • My Parade - What preconceived notions do you have about Midwestern culture? What about Chee's experience in Iowa felt familiar or dissimilar? One of the biggest questions that came from his MFA might be: why should we even care about our own writing? Why do you think we should care?

  • What are your thoughts on using essays to form a narrative?

  • What essays stuck out to you the most?

  • Did you skip over any essays? If so, why?

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