Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


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ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED. You  can register in person on Saturday at the Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:15 to 11:15
Classroom B
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to Wordstock)

taught by Jay Ponteri

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. In this workshop, participants will 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.

Jay Ponteri’s memoir, Wedlocked, won the 2014 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Jay directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, was published by Future Tense Books. His essay “Listen to this” was mentioned as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2010. Follow him on Twitter @JayPonteri.