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Writers Workshops

Memoir Online 2020-204

Course #2020-204
Tuesdays Starting June 30 6:00 pm–8:00 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Niki Herd
This workshop is full

Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

Patricia Hampl writes that “memoir isn’t fundamentally a chronicle of experience; rather, memoir is the story of consciousness contending with experience.” In this memoir workshop we will focus on how consciousness contends with experience to distill a definable event or period of time in one’s life. In crafting this distillation, how might the memoirist approach language, dialogue, and reflection to create scenes that resonate with readers? What techniques do writers rely upon to distinguish their past and present selves? What is the difference between fact and authorial truth? And how might attention to form underscore the subject matter? We will attempt to answer these questions through the reading of model texts, discussion, and writing generated from prompts. Edward Abbey, Tim O’Brien, Ernest Hemingway, Kiese Laymon, Maggie Nelson, Cheryl Strayed, and Esmé Weijun Wang are some of the writers we will discuss. 

About the instructor

Niki Herd is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin and co-editor with Meg Day of Laura Hershey: On the Life & Work of an American Master, which features the poetry of and critical essays about disability activist Laura Hershey. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Herd’s poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day), Lit HubThe Rumpus, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, among other journals and anthologies. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Newberry Library, and Cave Canem. She lives in Houston where she is an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellow and a PhD candidate of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Please note that online workshops are nonrefundable. By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration  policies.