Writing Life: A Two-Day Memoir Writing Workshop

Writing Life: A Two-Day Memoir Writing Workshop

Writing memoir calls for more than just writing down what happened: it's an exercise in making meaning from the raw material of experience. And you don't need to have a swashbuckling epic of a life in order to write. The seemingly mundane acts of daily life offer us access to some of our richest, most fertile memories. "A single image can split open the hard seed of the past," writes Mary Karr, "and soon memory pours forth from every direction, sprouting its vines and flowers up around you till the old garden's taken shape in all its fragrant glory." In this writing workshop with author Molly Wizenberg, we'll explore how the sensory details of ordinary moments can help us unlock memories and return to past versions of ourselves. Over the course of two days, we'll both write and read, studying excerpts from writers like James McBride, Lucy Grealy, Alison Bechdel, and M. F. K. Fisher. We'll do generative writing exercises, and each student will have the opportunity to share and get constructive feedback. No particular experience is necessary: only a love for writing, a laptop or notebook, and a sense of curiosity about your own life.

Dates Offered Price
$225.00
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