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Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Location: Pat Conroy Literary Center | 601 BLADEN ST BEAUFORT, SC 29902 (limited to 15 attendees)
Virtual: None
Cost: $45
Registration: Eventbrite

The poets of the world occupy a place of high honor in my city of books.—Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

We all have those memories that when we share them with others, they say, that’s not how it happened. Our truth comes from the how and what we remember. Our truth is our witnessing, a way of reclaiming concealed stories of our past, our loved ones, of our towns, of our neighborhoods, and of our childhoods. Memory is a conduit into the present and the future sometimes showing us things we have forgotten or have yet to remember. In this workshop, we will excavate memory to build poems that stitch together a new quilt of experience. We will examine ways in which we can structure a memory poem around time and space. Come with at least three memories in mind.

This is an in-person writers workshop, held at the Pat Conroy Literary Center as part of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. Limited to 15 participants; $45/person.

About our instructor:

Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina, and a 2023 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, Jennifer Bartell Boykin is the author of Traveling Mercy (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Obsidian, Callaloo, the Raleigh Review, kinfolks: a journal of black expression, the museum of americana: a literary review, and Scalawag. Bartell Boykin is the recipient of fellowships from Callaloo and The Watering Hole. She teaches creative writing and English dual-enrollment courses at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, where she was named the 2019–20 Teacher of the Year. She is also an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and an Augusta Baker Scholar at the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science, where she is pursuing her master of library and information science degree. Bartell Boykin was born and raised in Bluefield, a Black community in Johnsonville, South Carolina. https://jenniferbartellpoet.com


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