Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. — Walter Benjamin
Whether you intend to share your written remembrances with family and friends or a broader audience, you will find this a collegial and supportive workshop in which optional weekly exercises will help you to transform the rich material of your life into unique works of art, including memoir pieces, personal essays and even the beginning of a book-length memoir. All work will be written outside of the workshop and brought for a critique by other participants and the instructor, during which time techniques for better writing will be explored. Bring nine copies of something you have written of a memoir nature—a journal entry, a paragraph describing a relationship, a letter recounting some memorable incident in your life—to the first meeting of the workshop. The piece should be 750 words or less.