This is an in-person workshop that takes place at Inprint House.
If this workshop is full when you try to register, please sign up on the waiting list here so you receive priority registration the next time this class is offered.
This workshop will cover non-fiction writing, autofiction, autobiographical writing, the Roman-a-Clef (auto fictional novel), and of course, memoir. I’m a strong believer that every person has a book inside of them. Just as Michelangelo said that within every block of stone he heard the spirit of a sculpture waiting to be born, I see in every storyteller a potential book. But how can one turn the raw experience of their life into a working story? This takes structure, an eye for patterns, architecture, and more than anything–Voice. The unquestioned master of memoir, Mary Karr (author of Art of the Memoir, one of the primary texts we will be using in this intensive six-week workshop) once said that with a strong enough voice, a voice that reflects an authentic and unique perspective (which belongs to each and every one of us, the subjectivity that is our lives and how we view them). Getting this abstract quality out of our souls and onto the page need not be the daunting process it seems. Through generative exercises, readings, and workshopping of each other’s work, we will delve into the art of non-fiction writing. The ethics of non-fiction (what can I write without hurting or putting someone in danger?) and much, much more. My goal is for each participant to find their “voice” by the end of the workshop and be on their way to projects of their own. The potential bestsellers of tomorrow, who knows? Everyone has a story in them. Stories enough for a thousand books.