LEFT COAST WRITERS LITERARY SALON: Oksana Marafioti, author of American Gypsy
Oksana Marafioti, author of American Gypsy, will discuss writing a revealing memoir—how much to embellish and how much must absolutely stay true to reality. She has great advice to give on writing memoirs, so if you are planning on writing a memoir or any autobiographical or nonfiction work, for that matter, be sure to attend!
Oksana Marafioti was born in Riga, Latvia and grew up in a stage family, spending her childhood on concert tours with a Russian Romani troupe led by her grandfather, Andrei Kopylenko. She moved to America at fifteen and went to Hollywood High Performing Arts Magnet School. Since then she has graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, worked in the film industry, married, had a couple of awesome kids, run a piano studio, obtained dual American-Italian citizenship through ancestry research, moved to Florence and then Rome, returned to the States, pitched an urban fantasy to a literary agent, ended up writing American Gypsy: A Memoir instead, and most recently, been awarded a fellowship for her next book project at the Black Mountain Institute-Kluge Center in partnership with the Library of Congress.
Join us for an evening with Oksana and learn about writing memoirs, her memoir, American Gypsy, the truth about Romani culture and a lot more.