New Class: Memoir Writing Across the Genres

Tuesdays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 1 – 3 p.m., Orcas Library

— from JoEllen Moldoff, Facilitator —

“Finally a new word rises from its shell,
And if it cannot rise it calls out, saying
It’s time to be said”… Phillis Levin

“Memoir is a sliver—or slice—of your life experience,” ( Marilyn Bousquin), a lens through which you tell your stories. Memoir writing draws upon imagination as well as recollection. It can be expressed in poetry and/or prose, as well as visually.

Tapping into memories and reflections, we will explore and experiment with various genres that suit the stories we want to tell — from the short (flash) memoir, to prose pieces, poems or personal essays, or any combination of these.

Readings will be provided to stimulate discussion and trigger free-writing in class. Writers will be encouraged to share their works-in-progress each week. It is important, therefore, that each person commit to attend all five class sessions.

If you would like to join the class, please email me at by January 11. There is a minimum class size of 10.

All are welcome: poets and prose writers, new and experienced.

Fee: $20, payable at the first class, for copying and donation to the Library.

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