Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


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Saturday, November 10, 2018
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Classroom A
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival)
taught by Jay Ponteri / class size limited to 15

Please note if you register for a Portland Book Festival workshop AFTER 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 9, you will need to show proof of payment before you pick up your wristband at the Northwest Film Center.  All workshop students can pick up their wristbands at the Northwest Film Center any time after 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10.  

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 is the author of the memoir Wedlocked (Hawthorne Books), winner of the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. His work has appeared in Del Sol Review, Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere.