Writing Life: the Messy Art of Memoir
This workshop will meet on Friday October 23rd, Oct. 30th, Nov. 6th, Nov. 13th, Nov. 20th, and Dec. 4th at The Cabin from 9-noon.
You have a true-life story to tell. It could be stranger-than-fiction or run-of-the-mill, but somewhere in your story is an even deeper story you long to explore, excavate, and finally uncover. The urge to write memoir is the urge to make sense of the experiences we’ve had, especially those that have deeply shaped us. Memoir is an art form that uses the personal narrative to discover our shared human experience.
This workshop is for writers of all abilities who feel the urge to write life. We will:
- Develop an understanding of the building blocks of creative nonfiction as they are used in memoir.
- Learn how memoir differs from other types of nonfiction and discuss the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction.
- Enjoy close readings and discussions of extraordinary memoirs.
- Discern a deeper story behind your true-life story.
- Gain confidence in a workshop setting.
- Do the best writing we can.
Susan Bruns Rowe knew she wanted to be a writer in the third grade, when she won second place for a poem on, of all things, soil conservation. She spent the first half of her writing life writing for corporations, government and non-profits. She now writes almost exclusively what she wants and gets paid a lot less. She has an MFA in creative writing from Boise State University where she has taught nonfiction classes. Her memoir tells the story of her immigrant grandparents who arrived in New York City hungry for land, fled the raids of Pancho Villa on the Texas border, and landed finally on a failed Idaho homestead where they transformed the desert into a farm. Her work is forthcoming in The American Oxonian and the book, “Fighting the World’s Fight: Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond.”