Our First Gods: Writing Our Parents
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Essay
Too often unapproachable, unassailable—our parents are our first gods. How have we known them? How might we know them? And are we ready, if we are to know them, for our parents to fall from their thrones and become not gods (or devils) but the human beings they are? In this generative workshop participants will think, discuss, and write about a parental figure in the hopes that all will leave with the beginnings of a personal essay.
ADDITIONAL CLASS DETAILS:
- This class includes:
- Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
- Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
- Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
- Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
- Work outside of class: Optional writing or reading outside of class.
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Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel, Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown), a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (Counterpoint), and three poetry collections, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. He directs the creative program at Linfield College. Go to Joe's website https://joewilkins.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JoeWilkins.Author.
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