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This class will take place via video-conferencing (Zoom), Pacific Time.
All Levels | Short-short memoir, flash memoir, or short-form memoir — this 1,500- to 4,000-word memoir explores a specific theme, event, or period in an author’s life. In this class, we will discuss how to craft an engaging, short-form memoir. We’ll cover the role of “I”; scene writing, the utility of dialogue in nonfiction, and the difference between “telling” and “reflecting.” Participants will submit one piece, 1,500-4,000 words, several weeks in advance for discussion and critique. We’ll also read several published models by Claire Vaye Watkins, Bernard Cooper, Vivian Gornick, and Lydia Davis. Class time will include craft discussions, writing prompts, and workshop of submitted pieces.
Class Type: 3 SessionsNonfiction, Online
Term: Summer 2020
Start Date: 09/14/2020
End Date: 09/16/2020
Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 15
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Debra Gwartney is the author of two memoirs, Live Through This, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and, most recently, I Am a Stranger Here Myself, winner of the RiverTeeth Nonfiction Prize. Debra teaches in the MFA Program at Pacific University, and lives in Western Oregon.