Virtual Craft Chat with Memoirist Jennifer Lang

The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of memoir! We’re joined by Jennifer Lang to discuss her acclaimed debut, Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature. Jennifer is in conversation with Amy Freeman, author and Development Director at The Writer’s Center.

California-born Jennifer Lang lives in Tel Aviv, where she runs Israel Writers Studio. Her essays have appeared in the Baltimore Review, Crab Orchard Review, Under the Sun, Consequence, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays nominee, she holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and serves as Assistant Editor for Brevity Journal. When not at her desk, she’s often on a yoga mat, practicing since 1995, teaching since 2003. Places We Left Behind: a memoir-in-miniature (9/23) and Landed: a yogi’s memoir in pieces & poses (10/24) will both be published by Vine Leaves Press.

About the Book

When American-born Jennifer falls in love with French-born Philippe during the First Intifada in Israel, she understands their relationship isn’t perfect.

Both 23, both Jewish, they lead very different lives: she’s a secular tourist, he’s an observant immigrant. Despite their opposing outlooks on two fundamental issues—country and religion—they are determined to make it work. For the next 20 years, they root and uproot their growing family, each longing for a singular place to call home.

In Places We Left Behind, Jennifer puts her marriage under a microscope, examining commitment and compromise, faith and family while moving between prose and poetry, playing with language and form, daring the reader to read between the lines.

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