UCLA Extension

Jayanti Tamm

Cartwheels in a Sari by Jayanti TammJayantiTammheadshotInstructor Biography:

MFA, Pushcart Prize-nominated memoirist and fiction writer whose first book, Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult was published by Random House.  Ms. Tamm’s work has also appeared in the anthology Forgotten Borough (SUNY Press), the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.

Instructor Statement:

Writing a memoir requires taking great risks. The most effective memoirs plunge fearlessly into memory and expose what had once been concealed. That process demands shaping and reshaping memory to refine both the overt and subtle dimensions in order to transform it into a compelling narrative. To write one’s true story, we need to take full ownership of our past as well as our aesthetic strategy. My workshop provides a safe, nurturing forum where the risks will result in deep rewards.

Our Students Say it Best!

“I was very satisfied with the instructor of this course. She offered constructive insight on all of our writing assignments and always was personally available to us to answer questions or discuss our writing. She responded quickly to any inquiries I had during the course.” — Writers’ Program Student

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