Creative Non-Fiction is an junior/senior English elective taught by Ms. Allen Chamberlain and Mr. David Stillman. The class is devoted to creating audio essays, inspired by stories on NPR, This American Life, and other radio shows. The Match occasionally showcases audio pieces from this class.
Mireille Heidbreder’s Honors project was a narrator-free piece about the power of memory.
I have always been fascinated by the question of what is it about a particular life event that transforms it into a lasting memory and how that memory may end up altering our perception and choices. I began this audio project by following in the footsteps of NPR’s David Isay, who is most well-known for hosting the program StoryCorps, which compiles the impactful and incredible stories of just your average, everyday person. In many of Isay’s works, such as Ghetto Life 101 and Witness to an Execution, one never hears Isay’s voice, but only the voices of other individuals that Isay weaves into a story of different perspectives and insights. My own seven-minute audio essay is a depiction of a variety of images that make up the most salient memories of four seniors at Collegiate as well as an explanation by a neuroscientist as to why these particular life events have become lasting memories.
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