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Workshop: WRITING FAMILY STORIES, WRITING FAMILY SECRETS with ROBERT SWARD
07/28/2012 9:00 am
07/28/2012 5:00 pm
Presented by Memoir Journal & Capitola Book Cafe
If you had to select half a dozen family photos to tell your life story, which would you choose?
The tension between appearance and reality is a live field within which all writers in all genres confront essential questions about which version of the truth they can tell—especially when writing family stories. In this workshop, students will develop new parameters for understanding their rights and responsibilities as storytellers and writers of auto (self-generated) bio (life) graphies (writings). Discussion topics will include voice and dialogue, interviewing, issues around disclosure, and working with life documents; we will focus some of our in-class attention on photographs and other records in order to redefine our relationships to truth, story, and the work of writing. Students are invited, but not required, to bring works-in-progress to class; in-class exercises will allow for the exploration of both new material as well as new means of mediating these currents.
Please bring six or more family photos, letters, notes, diaries, journals, or other documents to class.
Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and UC-Santa Cruz. The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has published more than twenty books, including Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press), Rosicrucian in the Basement, The Collected Poems, God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press, Canada), and New & Selected Poems, 1957-2012 (Red Hen Press).
The Memoir Writers Workshops series connects aspiring writers with mentors who can inspire new levels of growth and exploration in their work through our ongoing series of daylong intensives. For more information about the series, or to register, please visit www.memoirjournal.net.
DETAILS: Register Online Only HERE: www.memoirjournal.net Course fee: $115 (includes a complimentary subscription to Memoir Journal; students should bring a brown bag lunch) Maximum enrollment: 12 By advance registration only.