“The strands are all there: to the memory nothing is ever really lost,” Eudora Welty said, and memoir writing is a great way to discover and explore some of the strands in the rich tapestry of memory each of us carries. These two sessions will introduce you to the process of writing memoir by focusing on an important person or moment in your life. We’ll be using family photographs to do this, so please choose one family photograph (with you in it) that has special significance for you. The picture can be of you as a child or close to your current age. What matters is what the photograph and the people in it mean to you.
One workshop with two parts: Friday, November 6; 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 7; 11:00-12:30. $55/person. Limited to 12 participants. This workshop will be held as an online video conference call through Zoom. Details for joining the video call will be provided to all participating writers after registering. Course materials will be provided as email attachments.
About our instructor:
Pam Durban is the author of two short story collections, Soon and All Set About with Fever Trees, and three novels, The Laughing Place, So Far Back, and The Tree of Forgetfulness. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike, and The Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a Whiting Writer’s Award. Her novel, So Far Back, was the winner of the 2001 Lillian Smith Award for Fiction.
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