Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


Writing the Memoir: How to Begin


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Saturday, November 7
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
East Conference Room
Portland Art Museum

taught by Jay Ponteri

Class is limited to 9 students

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 (Hawthorne Books), 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.

Contact Susan Denning, Director of Programs & Events, for more information.