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When History Gets Personal
Readings by Mimi Schwartz and Mindy Lewis
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 6 PM | Free
*Reception to follow
The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA
5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
Mimi Schwartz, author of When History Is Personal, and Mindy Lewis, author of Life Inside: A Memoir and the award winning essay “Our Little Jewish Girl,” read selected work and discuss the relationship between history and personal narrative. 
About When History Is Personal: When History Is Personal contains the stories of twenty-five moments in Mimi Schwartz’s life, each heightened by its connection to historical, political, and social issues. These essays look both inward and outward so that these individualized tales tell a larger story—of assimilation, the women’s movement, racism, anti-Semitism, end-of-life issues, ethics in writing, digital and corporate challenges, and courtroom justice.

Beyond the I: When Memoir Meets History Workshop
with Mimi Schwartz
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 10:30 AM -1:30 PM
$50 Members ; $65 Non-Members
West Side YMCA | 5 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
In this workshop, we will explore how personal stories can be enriched by the larger story of history-- be it family legacies, neighborhood scenes, or the culture that surrounds us. Through readings, discussion, and in-class exercises, participants discover new strategies for writing their life stories in ways that friends, family, or strangers will want to read.
To register for the workshop, please contact: Amanda Selwyn, Director of Community Arts | 212-912-2635 or

About Mimi Schwartz: Mimi Schwartz is a professor emeritus of English at Richard Stockton College. She is the award-winning author of Good Neighbors, BadTimes: Echoes of My Father’s German Village (Nebraska, 2008) and Thoughts from a Queen-sized Bed (Nebraska, 2003) and is the coauthor of Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction. Her essays have been widely anthologized, and seven of them have been Notables in the Best American Series.
About Mindy Lewis: Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003) and the editor of Dirt: The Quirks, Habits, Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press, 2009). In 2015, her essay “Our Little Jewish Girl" was awarded New Letters Prize for Best Essay. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters, New Letters and other publications, online, and in anthologies. Since 2004, Mindy has taught memoir and nonfiction writing at The Writer’s Voice.