One can easily call current times an age of memory and postmemory. The past, its relics and losses, its complicated ways of changing the present are evolving into a new cult – something that strongly defines our perception of reality. The documentary history of mankind (and the small-scale, intimate memories of its ordinary representatives) was never so important and influential. The non-fiction writing, from W.G. Sebald to Svetlana Alexievitch, is becoming the main influence, echoed in dozens of other books, good and bad, but always facing the past as a main destination – making way into the lost world of previous generations. How the personal experience is challenging the bigger narrative? How to transform a document into a monument? How to tell a family story and get away with it? This creative writing seminar is tackling the documentary fiction genre with its contradictions and possibilities – in order to develop a working approach to the multilayered fields of memory.