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Memoir Writing: It happened to me and I’m here to tell it

Sundays, January 26–March 29, 2020 (10 class meetings)
from 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
at Literary Arts
Instructor: Natalie Serber

For writers with some writing experience

Memoir, telling stories of how we made it through and what we learned, deeply connects us through the fabric of human experience. How do we mine our memories to create moments that illuminate, open hearts and minds, and pull readers into our world? In this workshop we will explore how to go about making specific events from our lives into intriguing, relatable, and solid memoirs. We will spend time exploring memoir samples, building a writers’ toolbox of skills such as scene writing, dialogue, characterization, how to navigate the ladder of abstraction, and setting. We will also share work in a safe and constructive setting.

Previous students say:
“Natalie is a suberb teacher and facilitator”
“Natalie was very enthusiastic, supportive and constructive with her comments”

The scholarship position for this class has been filled.

Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, a summer reading selection from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Book of the Pacific Northwest. Her fiction has appeared in The Greensboro ReviewThe Bellingham ReviewGulf CoastInkwell, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineThe Huffington Post and others. Natalie has been short listed in Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. Visit her online at natalieserber.com.
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