Marilyn Ann Moss is a writer and educator who specializes in teaching biography, film history and literary memoir. She has extensive experience conducting workshops in these subjects. She holds a doctorate in American literature from the University of California, Riverside and has also taught literature, cinema studies and life writing at colleges and universities throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition, Marilyn is the author of numerous articles and lectures on literary memoir, including studies of the autobiographical writings of Paul Bowles, Leslie Marmon Silko, Allen Ginsberg and Joan Didion. She has written two film biographies, Giant: George Stevens, A Life on Film (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004) and The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh (forthcoming, University Press of Kentucky). Since 1995, Marilyn has also been a TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter.
About memoir/self-writing and biography, Marilyn says, “The two have much in common and are often each other’s alter ego. I am a great enthusiast of Emerson’s large notion that the (auto)biography of one human being equals the (auto)biography of a culture. I often emphasize to my students how important it is in writing one’s life story to see yourself as part of the fabric of a much larger historical narrative. Seeing yourself in history and in the culture around you gives weight to the story you have to tell of yourself and makes it easier to understand your own experiences.”