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The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brings Lisa Ohlen Harris and Kristin Ohlson to the Klamath County Library for an author talk on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, Lisa Ohlen Harris will be offering a two day free writing workshop on writing memoir on May 19th and May 20th.
Lisa Ohlen Harris is a 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction for The Fifth Season. She teaches online for Creative Nonfiction Foundation from her home in Newberg. Lisa’s first book, Through the Veil, was a 2011 finalist in creative nonfiction.
Ohlen Harris shared a household with her mother-in-law, Jeanne, for seven years, eventually becoming Jeanne’s primary caregiver. The Fifth Season chronicles that last season of love and struggle as Harris grappled with ethical convictions and personality clashes, eventually finding her way through conflicted emotions to a place of compassion and peace.
Kristin Ohlson has written about a broad range of topics, from proton decay to the pleasures of getting lost in Afghanistan. She has a special interest in science, particularly in turning complex subjects into narratives enjoyed by laypeople. Her magazine work has been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing and Best American Science Writing. She is a 2015 Oregon Book Award finalist in general nonfiction for her book, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet.
The Soil Will Save Us looks at the work of pioneering scientists and agriculturalists to develop practices that respect and abet, not disrupt, the ancient partnership between plants and soil. Their work may have a tremendous impact on the way we deal with global warming and other environmental problems.
Free Writing Workshop
Telling Your Story: An Introductory Workshop in Memoir
taught by Lisa Ohlen Harris
Tuesday, May 19th 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20th 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Klamath County Library (126 S 3rd St, Klamath Falls)
This workshop is free but space is limited. Contact Susan Denning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.227.2583 to register.
Class description: We all have stories to tell, snapshots in time that changed us, or life lessons to recount. Many of us are already skilled at writing these moments and some are still just venturing forth. This class will provide writers with important tools for creating personal memoir. In the first two hour session, participants learn more about the art of memoir and will try their hand at some writing exercises.
At the end of the first class, Lisa will give a brief “homework” assignment for participants to work on and bring to the workshop the next day. For the second class, participants will share their work and get feedback in a supportive environment.