Guided by award-winning memoirist Elizabeth Miki Brina, uncover the art of memoir writing and learn to weave your memories into compelling stories.

Dates:
Jun 11, 2024 - Jun 20, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $395
Workshop Duration: 12 hours over 4 sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jun 11, 13, 18 & 20 from 1-4pm ET.

In this workshop, we will generate and construct narratives of memoir. We will explore the use of memory as a way to invoke both personal and inherited histories. We will interpret our own memories, searching for symbols and clues that take us further into the past or beyond ourselves to the larger collective context of our lives. As Patricia Hampl states: “Memoirists seek to create a world.” We will consider how to show the world through our unique individual experiences.

For each class, we will read a short essay or excerpt, discuss the craft elements, then follow a prompt based on those craft elements, share our writing, and receive feedback. Most of the reading and writing will be done during the workshop but there will be at least one workshop where we must submit and read work ahead of time.

This workshop will be helpful for those with an idea and need impetus for actualizing their idea on the page, or those who want to reenergize their current projects.

Title image by Joshua Woroniecki.

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Instructor: Elizabeth Miki Brina

Elizabeth Miki Brina is the author of Speak, Okinawa: A Memoir, published by Knopf in February of 2021, and one of NPR's best books of the year. Her work has also appeared in The Sun, River Teeth, Lit Hub, Gulf Coast, and Hyphen Magazine, among others. She lives in New Orleans and teaches writing at the University of New Orleans.