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Memoir: The Process — with Kimberly Dark

August 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207


WHEN: 3PM PST—four weekly 2-hour sessions on Saturdays (8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29)

TEACHER: Kimberly Dark

COST: $350

SCHOLARSHIPS: Yes, scholarships are available. Please follow this link to apply.

Memoir: The Process

Memoir: The Process Memories aren’t enough. We have to connect them to culture, to history, to zeitgeist—and then be as clear and specific about our unique perspectives as possible. In this generative workshop, we’ll open a number of creative doorways (and windows and portholes and tunnels) into meaning and we’ll discuss how and why they work. We’re going to work on releasing the story without it getting caught in the mind first. We’ll work together in four, two-hour, face-to-face (Zoom) meetings. This workshop is about process and creation, not revision. You may write things you never want to share in order to get to the stories you can revise for audience. In every session, Kimberly will offer ways of working to hone your unique angle of vision. We’ll also write together, share ideas, discuss examples and investigate how every act of creation is, in some way, memoir. Participants will leave with at least twelve new ways to mine memory and life stories for deeper meaning and story structure.

Kimberly Dark is a writer, professor and raconteur, working to reveal the hidden architecture of everyday life so that we can reclaim our power as social creators. She’s the author of Fat, Pretty and Soon to be Old, The Daddies and Love and Errors. All three of these books use memoir, even though one is poetry, one is a novel and one is an essay collection. Kimberly is a sociologist by training who believes in our responsibility as social creators. Art is one way that we find and re-forge the vast and intricate connections between self and the social world. Kimberly teaches writing at Cal State Summer Arts, Hugo House, Corporeal Writing, among others, and she offers workshops for do-gooders to do better, on topics like unconscious bias and conflict resolution. Learn more at www.kimberlydark.com.


Portland, OR 97207


Corporeal Writing