Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir

  • Term: Summer 2023
  • Start Date: August 3, 2023
  • End Date: August 24, 2023
  • Day of Week: Thursday
  • Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $240.00
  • Member Price: $216.00

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Unlocking the Vault: Using Our Personal Archive

As writers, we are compelled to record—but what about when it starts to feel like hoarding? Mining our own notes and fragments for use in writing prompts, we'll recycle and experiment with our own words, utilizing techniques including collage, mapping, poetry, and memoir. You'll use the scraps you've saved without direct purpose, drawing on notebooks/notes apps, emails, and even text messages. We'll also look at letters, found materials, and drafts from other writers and trace their transformations.

Registration dates:

June 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

June 6: Member registration opens

June 13: General registration opens

Molly Schaeffer

Molly Schaeffer


Molly Schaeffer’s writing has appeared in The Recluse, Tagvverk, Prelude, and The Poetry Project Newsletter; her chapbook, STATE ZAP,* is published by MO(0)ON/IO. She works in writing and visual art, and teaches in Bard College's Language and Thinking Program and the Summer @Brown Pre-College Program. She holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University. For more information go to