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Sunday, February 17 • 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Fact and Fiction: Jewish Storytelling

Whether it’s part of ancient scripture, a rabbi’s sermon, a Sholom Aleichem fable, or a Larry David comedy routine, a traditional Jewish story doesn’t need to be “true” to be truthful; fiction is considered instructive for real life, and real life is considered fodder for fiction. On the other hand, in this confessional age of reality television, tell-all memoir, and the festival of self-disclosure that is social media, we have learned that we must speak as personally and directly as possible to build up credibility and a sense of authenticity, if we want to dispel myths, combat ignorance, and build understanding. So when Jews tell our stories, do we turn to fiction or nonfiction, parable or autobiography? In this workshop, Wayne Hoffman will explore different methods of storytelling, using examples from his own work, and lead a discussion about how different methods can be used to create something “true.” (T)


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Wayne Hoffman

Tablet Magazine
Wayne Hoffman is the author of two novels--Sweet Like Sugar (which won the American Library Association's 2012 Stonewall Award) and Hard--and editor of the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. His short fiction and essays have appeared in such collections as Best Gay Stories 2010, Mama's Boy, and Generation Q. He is currently managing editor of the Jewish online magazine Tablet, and previously served as an... Read More →


Sunday February 17, 2013 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Room 613 Tower Floor 6