River Teeth Conferene, June 1-3, 2018, Ashland, OH.

Multimedia Lectures:

  • The Sanctuary of Illness Multimedia
  • And Titanic's Band Played On Multimedia
  • The Social Author in the Digital Age
  • Saddest Music Multimedia
  • The Hybrid Narrative: Lecture/Workshop
  • Finding Ourselves: Memoir and Jungian Individuation: Lecture/Workshop
  • The Age of Memoir: Lecture

    In these talks, I present the material with PowerPoint, which includes movie clips, audio, video, images, and text. (The venue needs to have screen, projector, and sound system.) I adapt the length to the venue, typically forty-five minutes plus Q&A.

    Please inquire: tom.larson@sbcglobal.net

    Price: $400 per lecture.


    Judy Reeves, writer and writing instructor, 619-284-1343, JAReeves@mac.com

    The Age of Memoir Print E-mail

    This lecture is geared toward the public, in particular, readers and writers of memoir.


    The memoir is rapidly becoming the literary form of our time. Hundreds of thousands of people, from teenagers to octogenarians, are seeking out personal narrative. One reason for the memoir’s popularity is our deep need to explore the age-old questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Where can I find meaning in my life?

    But why has memoir risen in our time? Why are seven of ten nonfiction paperback bestsellers memoir or autobiography? Memoirist and critic Thomas Larson, author of The Memoir and the Memoirist, examines the causes for memoir’s popularity. On one hand, we are reacting to a society gone crazy with fake personas and instant celebrity. On the other hand, because we live longer and age more healthily, we want to know the emotional truths of our lives and to pass this legacy on to others. The memoir may be the sole written form that brings lasting value to our families and friendships, to our achievements and losses, and to the development of our individuality.

    Finding Ourselves: Writing Memoir and Jungian Individuation Print E-mail

    This lecture is geared toward people interested in personal growth, who use writing as a means toward that end.


    A memoir is a work of literature that focuses on the meaning and intensity of a phase or a singular relationship in the author’s life—unresolved feelings for a parent, a child, a sibling, a friend; coming to terms with a loss, an illness, a death; remembering a significant phase like childhood or adolescence or a period like college in which the writer was challenged or changed.

    One reason for the memoir’s popularity in our time is our deep need to explore the age-old questions: Who am I? Why am I? What is the purpose of my life?

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