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Jim Ruland teaches Micro Memoir

Date: First class is August 11, 2011 Time: 7pm to 9pm Number of sessions: 4--Thursdays, Aug. 11- Sept. 1 Members: $130 Nonmembers: $154 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Micro Memoir: The Art & Craft of Autobiographical Snapshots

This four-week class will explore short-form memoir through writing exercises and collaborative read-and-critique sessions.  Register early to save $10!

Generative Exercises: Participants will investigate how short, intense bursts of autobiographical prose can illuminate the larger truths of our lives. Participants will engage in writing exercises throughout the workshop.

Read & Critique: Memoirists will have the opportunity to submit two micro-memoirs of no more than three pages (750 words), one of which will be read and critiqued by all participants.

Suggested Reading: Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Chronology of Water.

Jim Ruland’s creative nonfiction has appeared in a number of publications, including The Believer, The Collagist, The Fanzine, Hobart, L.A. Weekly, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, Oxford American, r.kv.r.y, Razorcake Fanzine and San Diego CityBeat.

Jim is the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a scholarship from Bread Loaf. He is the curator for the reading series Vermin on the Mount, and the author of the short story collection, Big Lonesome. Find out more at Jim’s website: Big Lonesome.