10/05 Writing Life Journeys with Judy Reeves

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Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. — Miriam Beard. In this five-session class, we’ll use our pens and notebooks to remember and relive journeys we have taken and bring them to the page in the form of memoir, stories, or personal narrative. Working with our journals, maps, photographs, and mementos, we’ll write journeys remembered and reimagined during in-class writing sessions...

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11/27 Using Setting: The Delicious Tool to Connect Readers with Your Story

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Special guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017) SETTING is so much more than time and place. Find out how setting can be a powerful tool writers can use to elevate their stories to a visceral experience for their readers. Whether you’re writing fiction, a memoir, or narrative nonfiction, join us to discover how you can elevate your stories to populating your readers’ dreams. In this...

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11/26 Memoir: How to write a salable personal story and enjoy the process with Trish Wilkinson

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Special Guest: David Crow, author His Soul Never Left San Quinten: This Son’s Story (Sandra Jonas Publishing, March, 2017)   Whether you’re contemplating writing a memoir, in the midst, or in the revision phase, this three-hour workshop will provide the tools you need to compose your personal story in a way that people will be compelled to read. You’ll see examples of successful memoirs, discuss what makes them captivating and learn how you can apply those...

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09/08 Time and Time Again—Memoirists on Writing the Memoir

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Panel Discussion  6:30-8:30 pm   Life is not what one lives, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez   The memoir has long been a genre chosen by writers from Proust to Woolf to Nabokov to relate not just a time of their lives, but to examine the meaning of that time and its effects on them. However, it’s been within the last two decades that the memoir has become the genre of our time and currently...

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09/18 Someone Else’s Skin: Writing Characters Outside Your Demographic with Gina Frangello

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  Recently, we’ve all heard of controversies such as Lena Dunham chastised for not depicting characters of color in her hit show Girls. Dunham’s defense was that she, as a white woman, is “writing what she knows”—you know, that thing we’re all advised to do in college writing workshops—and like it or not, most fiction (and TV/film) writers can relate to this impulse to play it safe rather than risk being even more seriously castigated for...

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