By browsing through family photo albums, we create our own personal memory banks -- occasionally from events that happened even before we were born. An archive provides the same for an entire culture, enhancing a collective memory and creating cultural touchstones that bind us together.
And, unlike a library, the documents in an archive are usually one-of-a-kind.
Everyone has a story. And those that choose to study creative writing have a powerful desire to tell their own stories. So powerful in fact that desire creates its own energy.
That’s according to Memorial’s new assistant professor of creative writing Lisa Moore. And as one of Canada’s preeminent novelists, she ought to know.