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Writers Workshops

Memory & Memoir Online 2020-303

Course #2020-103
Thursdays Starting October 1 6:30 pm–8:30 pm running 6 weeks
Cost: $240 Instructor: Jasminne Mendez
Please note that this is an online workshop conducted via Zoom. Participants will be provided information on how to join the online sessions.

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten” ― Cesare Pavese

What are the memories and moments that linger and resonate with you? How have those moments and memories shaped who you are and who you want to be? How do they show up in your writing? In this course we will focus on what Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola call “the body of memory.” How the five senses and that elusive sixth sense – our intuition – influence and shape the narratives of our lives. We will discuss and explore factual truth vs. emotional truth and how to write about those moments.that may not be entirely as clear to us.  

We will look at work by Rigoberto Gonzalez, Jeannette Walls, Maya Angelou, Jon Pineda, Lucy Grealy, and others. This will allow us to explore memoir structure and organization. We will use excerpts from these texts to generate and revise work around one theme/time period of your choice. The hope of this process is that you will leave the course with the seeds to what could become a book length memoir.

About the instructor

JASMINNE MENDEZ is a poet, educator, and award-winning author. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections, Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013), which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry (Arte Publico Press, 2018).  Mendez has had poetry and essays published or forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Crab Creek Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and others. She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. You can find more info about her and her work at: www.jasminnemendez.com.

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