A Constellation of Memoir with Susan Rowe
This workshop will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm, on April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, and May 11th
We live life as a series of moments, says memoirist Abigail Thomas. “With luck (and later a lot of hard work) throwing them up in the air can make a kind of constellation.”
In this class we’ll look at extraordinary examples of memoir to see how it’s possible to write our life stories as a series of moments. Then we’ll practice writing in different styles, voices, and formats to shape those stories into beautiful constellations. This class is for would-be memoirists who don’t know where to begin, who worry writing their life story might turn into a life sentence, or for anyone who longs to explore personal narrative as a way to discover our shared human experience.
Writers of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome. Our objectives will be to:
- Learn the craft and techniques of storytelling
- Read exemplary memoirs
- Understand the myriad of ways to write memoir
- Affirm the value and art of memoir writing
- Write each week so your personal memoir is underway!
Susan Bruns Rowe has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University. She has taught creative nonfiction and memoir workshops for Boise State University and The Cabin. Her writing has appeared in Penny, Quest, DiscRespect, Adventuring Beyond, and the book, Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond. Her work is forthcoming this fall in The American Oxonian and Creative Nonfiction.