Our stories begin before we were born.

Oct 10, 2022 - Oct 14, 2022

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1250
Class Size: 10 (max)

Our stories begin before we were born. In this workshop, we will explore the use of memory as a way to invoke both personal and inherited history. We will record and interpret our own memories, as well as passed on family mythologies, searching for symbols and threads that take us further into the past, perhaps to periods of war, colonialism, diaspora, generational trauma, in order to pursue the timeless question: how did I get here?

We will share first attempts and exchange feedback so that we can help each other learn the process of transforming self-discovery into narratives with shape and arc. We will read and respond to prompts inspired by masters of the craft such as Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, Kiese Laymon, and more. 

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Instructor: Elizabeth Miki Brina

Elizabeth Miki Brina received her MFA in Creative Writing from University of New Orleans. She writes creative nonfiction and her work has appeared in River Teeth, Hippocampus, Hyphen, and New Delta Review, among others. Her debut book, a memoir, provisionally titled, Let Us Speak of Okinawa is under contract with Knopf Doubleday Press, forthcoming in Spring of 2021. She lives in New Orleans and teaches rhetoric and composition at Xavier University.