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Writers Workshops

Inprint Memories to Memoir Workshop for Senior Citizens

Wednesdays Starting January 10 10:00 am–12:00 pm running 12 weeks
Instructor: Cait Weiss Orcutt
This workshop is full


JCC’s Merfish Teen Center
9000 S. Rice Avenue
Houston, TX 77096 United States
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To register: Call Esther Bethke, the Jewish Community Center Adult Department Administrator, at 713-595-8186

In this creative writing workshop, writers will delve firsthand into what makes memoir a unique and captivating literary form for centuries. We know real life is full of facts stranger than fiction. Together we’ll explore how we can write about our past in a way that brings what we’ve experienced to life. From Joan Didion to Jill Talbot, Philip Lopate to Nora Ephron, the works we read in this course will spark writing prompts ripe with inspiration and structure. By the end of our class, writers will have completed multiple cohesive, compelling memoir chapters ready to be shared. Whether you are writing for your grandchildren or literary journals, this course will help you find your voice on the page.

Co-sponsored by Inprint, this creative writing workshop, for adults 60 and older, helps participants preserve their stories and family histories, as they write and discuss their memoir and personal essay pieces. Work is written and revised in class, and the best of each person’s writing is presented in an annual anthology. This longstanding workshop is underwritten by the Samuels Foundation. To learn more about the Inprint Senior Memoir Workshops click here.

About the instructor

 CAIT WEISS ORCUTT’S work has been published or is forthcoming in Boston ReviewChautauquaFIELDTupelo Quarterly & more. The founder of the Writers Guild Community Creative Writing Workshops in Columbus, Ohio, Editorial Advisory Board Member of Mad River’s Slash Prize, and Online Editor of The Journal, Cait has taught creative writing in New York and Ohio, and now works with Houston students at the UH Writing Lab, Duke Scholar Weekend, and WITS Digital workshops. She is the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor/MD Anderson Foundation Fellowship.