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Writing the Memoir and Personal Essay: Six Month Intensive

January 24 - July 25, 2022 (no meetings June 20-July 4)
Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (24 sessions)
online via Zoom

$1050

Get a good start on a memoir or personal essay collection while studying—via close readings of assigned texts—some of the essential methods of creative nonfiction. Students help to form a supportive, generously critical community of writers in which risk-taking, vulnerability, and love of language and of making underpin everything we do. During class meetings, students set writing goals, do writing exercises, workshop one another’s pages (10 pages at a time), and discuss assigned readings and the writing process.


Access Program

We want our writing classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.

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Six Month Memoir and Personal Essay
$ 1,050.00

Jay Ponteri

Jay Ponteri directed the creative writing program at Marylhurst University from 2008-2018 and is now the program head of PNCA’s Low-Residency Creative Writing program. His book of creative nonfiction Someone Told Me was published in 2021 by Widow+Orphan House. He’s also the author of Darkmouth Inside Me (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books, 2013), which received an Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Two of Ponteri’s essays, “Listen to this” and “On Navel Gazing” have earned “Notable Mentions” in Best American Essay Anthologies. His work has also appeared in many literary journals: Gaze, Ghost Proposal, Eye-Rhyme, Seattle Review, Forklift, Ohio, Knee-Jerk, Cimarron Review, Tin House, Clackamas Literary Review, While teaching at Marylhurst, Ponteri was twice awarded the Excellence in Teaching & Service Award. In 2007, Ponteri founded Show:Tell, The Workshop for Teen Artist and Writers, now part of summer programming at Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org) on whose Resource Council he serves.
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