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Lay it Bare: The Naked Heart of Personal Narrative

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Lay it Bare: The Naked Heart of Personal Narrative
Margaret Malone
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10:00 - 4:00
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March 10, 2020

Workshop registration opens for members on February 27.

Workshop Overview

Successful memoirs, whether book or essay, often combine self-imagination, a bare-naked heart and a fearless dose of honesty. This workshop will be structured around finding our way into this place. We will read excerpts, write, share work and discuss different methods of non-fiction storytelling. The first two days will be spent generating new work—we will investigate ways to unearth material from our lives and learn constructive editing techniques. The third day will focus on revising one new piece and sharing it with the group. You will leave with several fragments, starts, and one longer piece that has received group feedback.

About the Instructor(s)

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection People Like You, Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Hemingway Award and Winner of the 2016 Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has been supported by grants, fellowships and residencies from the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Literary Arts, The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, and the UCross Foundation. A co-host of the artist and literary gathering, SHARE. Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and their two children.

Materials List: Students Bring

• Pen

• Paper/journal

• Computer, tablet, whatever participant needs to write comfortably

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Readings and prompts for generative writing and discussion

• Spiral bound handout of readings

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