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Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

June 6-7 and 13-14, 2020
Saturday and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (4 class meetings)
online via Zoom

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays.

John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory.

Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They’ll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then do their own memory-based writing. At the end of the class, students will set deadlines and be offered resources to help them continue drafting.

Jay Ponteri

Jay Ponteri’s memoir, Wedlocked, was published by Hawthorne Books and received the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, was published by Future Tense Books. LOBE is forthcoming in 2021 by Widow Orphan Books. He directs the Low-Residency MFA Program at PNCA.
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