Trudier’s “Tidbits” Highlight Conference Lunch

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A Tuscaloosa native and retired English professor provided some “tidbits” on academic writing and producing a memoir at the Second Annual Writer’s Conference this afternoon.

Dr. Trudier Harris, who retired from the University of North Carolina last summer, recounted the experience of producing more than 20 volumes of literature in her 35-year career.

“You have to be your own best critique,” Harris said as she recalled experiences as a columnist. “My preparation for writing a memoir was five years of writing columns,”

When it comes to writing techniques, this retired professor had many to share.

Harris said she is interested in concrete images and “the audibility of prose.”

“I want to revise until I get something that sounds right.” she said.

She talked about writing in the active voice and the use of the specificity of the language.

As a visiting scholar-in-residence in the UA English Department, Harris will give a campus lecture, “Nightmares of Fear: Edward P. Jones’s Representation in The Known World of Blacks Owning Blacks During Slavery,” on March 31 at 4 p.m. in Gorgas Library, room 205.

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