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Memoir: The Process — with Kimberly Dark

WHERE: ZOOM 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…

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Willamette Writers Online Conference

Pitch agents. Sit down with producers. Sharpen your manuscript with industry pros. You can do all this from the comfort of your own home, July 30 – August 2, 2020! Featuring keynote speakers Cheryl Strayed, Pete Souza, Mitchell S. Jackson, Zoraida Córdova, Rosanne Parry, and more! With over 80 virtual workshops, as well as night events, critiques, and gatherings, you’re sure to find your community, develop your craft, and expand your career this year. Whether you’re a poet, a screenwriter, a novelist, or a techie, you’ll find your home at our annual conference. What’s that? You’re a memoirist? You’re going to love our classes on voice and style, taught by New York Times Bestselling Authors. Newbie? Great! Come learn with us! Published 80 books? We’re…

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John Perkins in Conversation With David Korten

What can you do to make the world a better place and create a more satisfying life for yourself? In his new book, Touching the Jaguar: Transforming Fear Into Action to Change Your Life (Berrett-Koehler Publishers), John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, invites us to answer that question. Perkins details how shamanism converted him from an economic hit man to a crusader for transforming a failing Death Economy (exploiting resources that are declining at accelerating rates) into a Life Economy (cleaning up pollution, recycling, and developing resource-regenerative technologies). He describes the power our perceptions have for molding reality, both individually and globally. And he provides a strategy for each of us to change our lives and defend our territory — the…

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Two Rivers Virtual Book Club July

July’s pick is The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSLLER Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant–the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah’s…

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Miriam Feldman in Conversation With Lidia Yuknavitch

In an idyllic Los Angeles neighborhood, where generations of families enjoy deep roots in old homes, the O’Rourke family fits right in. Miriam and Craig are both artists and their four children carry on the legacy. When their teenage son, Nick, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, a tumultuous decade ensues in which the family careens permanently off the conventional course. Like the 10 biblical plagues, they are hit by one catastrophe after another; violence, evictions, arrests, a suicide attempt, a near-drowning — even cancer and a brain tumor — play against the backdrop of a wild teenage bacchanal of artmaking and drugs. With no time for hand-wringing, Miriam advances, convinced she can fix everything, while a devastated Craig retreats to their property in rural Washington State…

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Heather Lende in Conversation With Jennifer Steinhauer

The writer whom the Los Angeles Times calls “part Annie Dillard, part Anne Lamott” now brings us her quirky and compassionate account of holding local office. Heather Lende was one of the thousands of women inspired to take a more active role in politics during the past few years. Though her entire campaign for assembly member in Haines, Alaska, cost less than $1,000, she won! But tiny, breathtakingly beautiful Haines — a place accessible from the nearest city, Juneau, only by boat or plane — isn’t the sleepy town that it appears to be: from a bitter debate about the expansion of the fishing boat harbor to the matter of how to stop bears from rifling through garbage on Main Street to the recall campaign…

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SUMMER Online: Micro Memoir Workshop II w Matthew Dickman | July 12 – Aug 9 FULL — WAIT LIST ONLY

The smallest moment can profoundly change your life, a smell briefly caught on a walk can send you back in time, objects hold whole multi-histories and as the writer Jay Ponteri says “memories nest inside other memories”. In this 5 week class we will be exploring memory and the tools of the memoir genre to write our own “Micro-Memoirs”. These will be 1-5 page prose pieces. We will also be reading a lot of outside examples of this and writing together in class. This class is open to all writers, whether you identify as a poet, fiction, or creative non-fiction writer. Whoever you are let’s all explore together! | Maximum: 12 writers NOTE: Writers may take this class without having previously taken Micro Memoir I. Register for this…

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Virtual Book Launch – Walking the High Desert: Reading and Q&A with author Ellen Waterston

Join us to hear author Ellen Waterston read from her new title, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America along the Oregon Desert Trail. Uniting stories from across this diverse landscape—the humans and non-human voices—Waterston weaves an incomparable narrative of wonder, science, history and prose. Walking the High Desert is at once travelogue, meditation, memoir, history, philosophy, social commentary,  and commonplace book. It deeply explores the desert and the complex interplay of humans with this piece of the Intermountain West, calling out regional challenges that, more often than not, turn out to be issues the nation, and in some cases, the world, are grappling with. A selection of stunning images will accompany the reading. A live audience question and answer session will follow. In addition to Walking the High…

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Summer 2020 Online: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative non-fiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex thinking. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the act of making; the one implies the other.” In this class, we will consider how writers use these strategies of breakage and disruption to their benefit, using historical, literary or biographical “braids” that weave in and out of their narratives. Class time will be spent…

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Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays. John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory. Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They’ll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then do their own memory-based writing. At the end of the class, students will set deadlines and be offered resources to help them continue drafting. June 6-7 and 13-14, 2020 Saturday and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (4 class meetings) online via Zoom Jay Ponteri…

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