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Memoirs and More at The Church

Mon, 09/11/2023 - 15:35
A memoir roundtable at The Church in Sag Harbor will include, clockwise from top left, Ada Calhoun, Alice Carriere, Jill Bialosky, and Kelly McMasters.
Laurel Golio, Sebastian Piras, Beowulf Sheehan, and Sylvie Rosokoff photos

Two programs at The Church in Sag Harbor this weekend will appeal to anyone with an interest in reading or writing memoirs.

Ada Calhoun, a New York Times best-selling author, will lead a memoir-writing workshop on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Focusing on the development of themes, characters, narrative arcs, and style, it will include writing exercises, readings, and group discussion.

Ms. Calhoun's most recent book, "Also a Poet: Frank O'Hara, My Father, and Me," tells of hoping to better understand her father, the art critic Peter Schjeldahl, by finishing a biography of O'Hara that he abandoned in the 1970s.

Tickets are $100 and include a light lunch to be served at the halfway point. The program will take place at the Rectory, The Church's artists-residency house, at 5 Hampton Street in Sag Harbor. Parking is on the street.

A panel discussion with three authors who have written about their lives with artists is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Moderated by Jill Bialosky, a writer and editor whose novel "The Deceptions" is about art, the panel includes Alice Carriere, the daughter of an artist, Jennifer Bartlett, and an actor, Mathieu Carriere; Kelly McMasters, who has written of her role as a painter's onetime partner and model, and Ms. Calhoun.

Tickets are $20, $10 for members.

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