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Straw Into Gold: The Alchemy of Memoir Week of October 8-13, 2017

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Do you have a story you are longing to tell? Take a great leap forward with a passionate teacher whose best-selling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year. In a spirit of spontaneous play, using prompts and free-writing, we'll first let the pen glide rapidly over the paper in short bursts. Be prepared to be surprised by what turns up, and to draw deeply from wells unfamiliar to you. Later, we’ll spin straw into gold, refining first drafts into polished scenes and stories that can electrify even strangers. This workshop pays careful attention to craft, voice, revision, and narrative structure. It is a perfection-free zone. Although it is not a process group, writing your truth and unleashing your creativity can be joyful and, almost by accident, therapeutic. You may tame your inner critic, heal a bit of your heart, and take home tools that deepen and enliven everything you write from now on. Be prepared for a writing breakthrough. Suitable for beginning and experienced writers. Even if you bring a laptop, please bring a notebook that holds 250 pages of 8.5 x 11 inch lined paper, a favorite passage of published memoir, and plenty of smooth-flowing pens.
Recommended reading: Butler, Knocking on Heaven's Door; Brande, Becoming a Writer; Heilbrun, Writing a Woman's Life.


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