About Mandy's new book: An insightful, charming, and absolutely fascinating memoir from the author of the popular New York Times essay, “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This,” (one of the top five most popularNew York Times pieces of 2015) explores the romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy.
What really makes love last? Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and books and Facebook posts? Or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships? When her parents divorced after a twenty-eight year marriage and her own ten-year relationship ended, those were the questions that Mandy Len Catron wanted to answer.
In a series of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that takes a closer look at what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world, Catron deconstructs her own personal canon of love stories. She delves back to 1944, when her grandparents first met in a coal mining town in Appalachia, to her own dating life as a professor in Vancouver, drawing insights from her fascinating research into the universal psychology, biology, history, and literature of love. She uses biologists’ research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from in the first place. And she tells the story of how she decided to test a psychology experiment that she’d read about—where the goal was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of thirty-six questions—and ended up in the surreal situation of having millions of people following her brand-new relationship.
In How to Fall in Love with Anyone Catron flips the script on love and offers a deeply personal, and universal, investigation.
The Blue Rock Foundation presents TELLING OUR STORIES
Write Your Love Story: a creative writing one-day intensive with author Mandy Len Catron
Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, Wimberley, TX
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10a—5p (doors open 9:30a for welcome coffee & tea)
$150 includes lunch and a copy of Mandy's new memoir How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Everyone has love stories. Happy endings not required! Come to beautiful Blue Rock for a day to enhance your passion and skill for memoir. Author, professor, and viral TEDx speaker Mandy Len Catron will be our guide. All experience levels welcome.
Mandy says: "We'll spend the day thinking about how to tell our own stories about love--from heartbreak to friendships to family histories. The workshop will examine the techniques memoirists use to make meaning of their own experiences. And we'll consider how our individual stories intersect with larger cultural forces and ideas--or, in other words, what makes your story worth reading."
About our leader:
Originally from Appalachian Virginia, Mandy Len Catron
is a writer living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times
, The Washington Post
, and The Walrus
, as well as literary journals and anthologies. Her TEDx talks have gathered over 4 million views. She writes about love and love stories at The Love Story Project
) and she teaches English and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Her article “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This
” was one of the most popular published by The New York Times
in 2015. Mandy's new memoir, How to Fall in Love With Anyone
, is published by Simon and Schuster and arrives summer 2017. Enjoy her talks on TED.com below.