04/03 Animals and Stories: A Clarifying Gaze with Debbie Moderow

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016 Time: 10am to 12pm Number of sessions: One Day Class! Members: $30 Nonmembers: $36 Location: Inspirations Gallery, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92106

The workshop will focus on writing about our association with non-human species—how creatures around us inform our days, and can serve as our literary allies. We’ll discuss the writing of  E.B White, Laura Bell, Mark Doty, and others. We’ll consider how the creatures in their stories illuminate the narrator’s persona, as instruments of character, setting, and plot. A presentation will be followed by discussion and some writing prompts.

debbieDebbie Clarke Moderow is a memoirist, with a particular affection for animals, their varied roles in our days and in our stories, and the insights they offer about what it means to be human. She has recently publisher her debut memoir, Fast Into the Night: A Woman, Her Dogs, and Their Journey North Along the Iditarod Trail. Debbie lives in Anchorage and Denali Park, Alaska, with her husband Mark and their team of 26 sled dogs. After growing up in Connecticut, Debbie graduated from Princeton University in 1977. She moved to Alaska in 1980, where she met her husband. With their two young children, Andy and Hannah, the Moderows took great delight in developing a backyard dog team. From the very beginning, their huskies were the centerpiece of the young family’s home. Debbie ran the Iditarod in 2003 and 2005, and in 2013 received an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop. When not writing, she can usually be found on a wilderness trail with her huskies.

Author visit arranged courtesy of Adventures by the Book–www.adventuresbythebook.com

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.