Guided by Sarah Van Arsdale, learn to write and illustrate short memoir pieces and create visually engaging memoirs that will inspire your readers.

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Girl flying a kite

You don’t need to be able to draw to illustrate your written work. Using collage, photography, ephemera and paint, you’ll not only write but also illustrate short memoir pieces, designed to tell one story from your life. We’ll see how objects can inspire stories, and send the stories off in search of methods of illustration. No limits on what you can use: a wrapper from a pack of gum, a menu, a matchbook from that ill-fated date.

Because this is a writing course, we’ll also touch on some of the principles of narrative writing: setting, character, pacing and conflict. We’ll start with generative writing exercises, and in the later sessions, we’ll workshop both the writing and the illustrations.

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Instructor: Sarah Van Arsdale

Sarah Van Arsdale is a writer and illustrator. Her sixth book, Taken, a poetry collection, was published in 2021 by Finishing Line Press. Her book-length poem, titled The Catamount, was published by Nomadic Press in 2017. Her watercolors illustrate The Catamount and her fourth book of fiction, a collection of novellas titled In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, published by Queens Ferry Press in 2016. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and teaches in the Antioch University/LA low-residency MFA program.